Thursday, November 18, 2010

TFT's Movie Quote of the Day - November 18

1988's Eight Men Out is a painful movie to watch. It's one of those films where you know the outcome, you know what's at stake, and you're desperately hoping the characters don't repeat the same mistakes they made in real life.

Unfortunately, they keep making the same tragic decisions. The movie details the 1919 Chicago White Sox--considered one of the best professional baseball teams in the history of the sport. They were expected to crush the Cincinnati Reds in the 1919 World Series. But then, gamblers got involved, Charles Comiskey became a cheapskate, and the players rebelled, accepting money to throw the series in what became known as the Black Sox Scandal.

This flick is loaded with actors: John Cusack, the awesome David Strathairn, pre-crazy Charlie Sheen, Christopher Lloyd, D.B. Sweeney, and John "Frasier's Dad" Mahoney. It's probably not the most quotable movie ever...but we do get a nice little ditty from Ring Lardner (played by the movie's director, John Sayles), who sings a happy song to the tune of "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles." See...he knows the White Sox are blowing it...on purpose!

"I'm forever blowing ballgames, pretty ballgames in the air. I come from Chi, I hardly try, just go to bat to fade and die. Fortune's coming my way and that's why I hardly care...I'm forever blowing ballgames and the gamblers treat us fair."

History note: the real Ring Lardner's son, Ring Lardner, Junior, was one of the "Hollywood Ten" blacklisted after appearing before the House Un-American Activities Committee. Yeah, that's right. No snark in this caption.

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