As a baseball lover, I have loved this movie from the first time I saw it. It's the classic "cinderella story" of a worst-to-first team, with the twist that they were assembled because management thought that they would never be able to succeed. While the ending is pure feel-good 80's comedy, the journey is well worth the effort. Several scenes are absolute classic cinematic moments, and Bob Uecker's "just a bit outside..." will live forever in the lexicon of baseball junkies.
Despite the light tone of the movie, the acting is good for a comedy, featuring younger versions of Renee Russo, Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Dennis Haysbert, and Wesley Snipes, just to name a few. I watch this movie every winter to remind me just what I love about baseball--that anything can happen. A joy to watch over and over again, although the special features are a bit weak on the DVD--all you get are a grainy trailer and some talent files. Then again, it seems that most of my 80's favorites get shortchanged when they go to DVD, so that's nothing new and different. I guess the studios are only interested in spending time and effort on new release blockbusters. Too bad, as this movie definitely deserves a Bull Durham-like re-release on DVD.