After 32 movies and a week of voting, it comes down to 2 movies that were released merely two weeks apart. 1989 was a great year for baseball flicks apparently.
A week ago we started with a silly dream and a glorious bracket. The mission was simple. Let the public decide what the greatest baseball movie of all-time is.
32 movies were selected, seeded, and competed in head-t0-head matchups. They said it was a pipe dream.* They said it couldn’t be done.* They said it was a waste of time.**
But here we are. After 4 rounds of voting we are left with our championship match. Here’s a quick recap of how we got here.
And after all of that? The matchup:
Field of Dreams
Let’s do a quick tale of the tape:
Field of Dreams
Released: April 21, 1989
Grossed (U.S. Domestic): $64.4 million
Director: Phil Alden Robinson (Who? Sneakers, Band of Brothers)
Total Votes For: 122
Total Votes Against: 18
Released: April 7, 1989
Grossed (U.S. Domestic): $47.8 million
Director: David S. Ward (Who? The Sting, Sleepless in Seattle)
Total Votes For: 103
Total Votes Against: 37
So there you have it. The championship match is set. The winner? That’s up to you. You have until Sunday, 5pm to vote at Left Coast Bias.
So vote. Campaign. Lobby. And decide, once-and-for-all, what the greatest baseball movie of all-time really is.
And The Winner Is…
Field of Dreams!
In reality, this was never that close. Field of Dreams jumped out to an insurmountable lead that it never gave up. Major League provided the stiffest competition to date but even then Field of Dreams doubled Major League’s votes.
So there you have it. The feel-good movie from 1989 starring Kevin Costner. If you build it, they will vote for it. Apparently.
*No one said this.
**One person did say this. Though they assumed The Natural would win so what would be the point. The Natural never made the Final Four.