Yes yes, my friends. We're back for another vote!
As much as it pains me to say it (which is just a little, honestly), Field of Dreams beat out Bull Durham in our last vote. As the last Kevin Costner baseball movie standing, it will go on to face one of the following two movies in the Best Baseball Movie Semifinal.
But now we move onto the next quarterfinal matchup. Classic Matthau beligerence versus FFFOOOORRRRRREEEEEEEVVVVVVEEEEERRRRRRR. Who's your dog?
(By which I mean Matthau, or the dog from The Sandlot.)
Oh yeah, if you're new to this, here's our intro.
Bad News Bears (1976) - There's just something satisfying about a grumpy and disgruntled Walter Matthau. Sort of like House. Anyway, Matthau is a former minor leaguer who likes to drink beer and clean swimming pools. Or maybe he drinks beer because he cleans swimming pools. He starts coaching a talentless rag tag crew of misfits, and after a few ups and downs manages to get the punk daughter of an ex-girlfriend to be his star pitcher. I put this in the Kids division because there are a kids in it...but that doesn't mean I recommend your kids watch it. Oh yeah: suck it, Billy Bob Thorton.
The Sandlot (1993) - Set as a flashback to the 60's, Scotty Smalls moves to LA and wants to learn how to play baseball. Benny Rodriguez, the best damn player in the neighborhood, shows him the ropes and suddenly we're off and running with adventures of friends with mishaps and comedic adventuers a-plenty, including kissing the cute lifeguard while pretending to down and losing his step dad's baseball (that was signed by Babe Ruth) to the viscious dog known only as "The Beast". There are so many amazing quotes from this movie. I'll remember it fffooooorrrreeeeevvvveeerrrrrr...
Brackets after the jump!
Eliminated in the first round:
For Love of the Game
Angels in the Outfield
Little Big League
Bracket for Round 2:
New Classics Division
Field of Dreams
Bad News Bears
A League of Their Own
Eight Men Out