During the dog days of summer there are two American past times to partake in. One of course is taking in a Major League Baseball game. The other is heading to the theaters to see some summer blockbusters. This year’s MLB season has paralleled the summer blockbuster season so perfectly that I decided to give my take on both.
Here are the best comparisons between the two to date:
Avengers (LA Angels)- This team got off to an incredibly slow start but have made up some of the ground. They are now one of the better teams in the American League and are above average at this point; just like the movie. However, this team has its very own “Hulk” in Albert Pujols and “Captain America” in Jered Weaver who is unhittable more often than not. So how can they not do well?
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (Boston Red Sox)- Just like the movie, this team has been the butt of some jokes. If you compare the idea of the movie to the Red Sox off the field issues this season, they are quite comparable. That being said, the movie wasn’t entirely bad and similarly the Red Sox find themselves still at .500 and within striking distance of the wildcard. With some players getting healthy and maybe a trade, Boston could turn a bad idea into resurrected season.
The Amazing Spiderman (Miami Marlins)- One of the most anticipated movies of the summer and one of the most talented teams (on paper) headed into the season have both disappointed. Both reboots (the Marlins rebooting themselves in a new home), Spiderman’s cast and Miami’s roster had all the promise in the world but just didn’t work as a finished product. Miami is now cutting its losses and shopping its players, most notably, Hanley Ramirez being traded to the Dodgers this morning.
Prometheus (Washington Nationals)- Both invoking high anticipation levels and silently becoming sleeper picks before their premieres, the movie and the team have met and far exceeded expectations. The Nationals starting pitching has been the driving force for their season just as Prometheus’s special effects made it shine. The Nationals are poised for a postseason run and Prometheus is expected to make a splash at the Oscars.
Magic Mike (Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates)- These teams were written off as non-contenders to start the year along with Magic Mike being designated as the quintessential, no-good “chick flick”. Well both these teams have surprised and if you can get past the male nudity scenes in Magic Mike, it’s a surprisingly good drama that’s also been brought up in Oscar considerations. We will see if these teams can get past the other great teams out there to get to the playoffs, just as Magic Mike is trying to overcome the rest of the summer blockbusters.
The Dark Knight Rises (New York Yankees)- The Dark Knight Rises was one of the best films of the summer so far and the Yankees have been one of the best teams. They both were saddled with high expectations due to previous performances and have lived up to them. Both have All Star casts and both had a “twist”. For the Yankees it was trading for Ichiro. I cried at the end of the Dark Knight Rises but I will probably cry for a different reason at the end of the Yankees season; because we might be seeing them win a World Series…ugh.
Battleship (Houston Astros): Both are bad. Not much more to say.