I don't go to the movies much anymore.
Too expensive, especially since I have to have snacks.
Too time-consuming, and at least half the time I fall asleep.
Plus, I have HBO and Showtime and figure I can wait to see them in my own living room albeit six or nine months later.
The plot was weak and easily figured out. The characters were the kind we've seen a thousand times before and the baseball scenes were not real realistic, except for the obnoxious, money-driven phenom Eastwood, Adams and Timberlake went to North Carolina to scout.
Yet, this was a movie that my wife and I both enjoyed. I don't know why she enjoyed it (maybe Timberlake), but I can tell you I enjoyed it because of Amy Adams.
She comes across as a dream girl for the sports fan -- able to fire back baseball trivia question answers with the quickness of an Aroldis Chapman fastball.
The trivia questions, the foundation of the romance between Adams and Timberlake, that I remember were easy:
Who is the only player to win the MVP award in both leagues?
Who were the three Dodgers pitchers that gave up Reggie Jackson's three home runs in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series?
Those answers are, of course, Frank Robinson; Bernie Carbo and Burt Hooton, Elias Sosa and Charlie Hough.
Adams, gaining her wisdom and toughness from her father (Eastwood), was able to judge the potential of a player just by sound and when she heard the pop of the glove created by the warmup tosses of pitching prospect Rigoberto Sanchez, yet another cliche in a movie filled with them, she immediately put on the catching gear and decided to test his fastball and curve herself.
Very impressive lady. Certainly, a baseball fan's dream come true.
Ahh, but she only exists in the minds of Hollywood movie-makers.
I could use a real-life Adams to help with the high school football picks. I was 18-3 last week and still a pedestrian 71-19 (78.8 percent) for the season.
Here we go with our Week 5 selections:
LEHIGH VALLEY CONFERENCE
Nazareth 35, Freedom 28 -- Was torn on this one because it's obvious that the Patriots are playing better football after losing to East Stroudsburg South and Whitehall in the first three weeks. But if Whitehall can put 42 on the Pates, I figure the Blue Eagles can score at least 35. Andy "The Weave" Weaver is going with his boys, 38-28.