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Mr. 3000

Eric Gilde August 19, 2020

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This week on Take Me In to the Ballgame:

Ellen Adair and Eric Gilde discuss the 2004 comedy “Mr. 3000,” grading its tools on the 20-80 scouting scale. They introduce the film (1:34), providing background on the director, writer, and some of the cast. After a description of the 20-80 scouting grades for those who are unfamiliar (5:06), they begin with Amount of Baseball (6:42), including a player comp (no spoilers). Baseball Accuracy (15:25) touches on Stan Ross’s (Bernie Mac) Hall of Fame aspirations and his believability as a player, players with 3,000 hits, baseball “curfew,” Roberto Clemente, Juan Soto, Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey, Jr., Phillies of the 2010s, the longest MLB game ever played, 1995 playoff race, Paul Molitor, Robin Yount, Cecil Cooper, Cap Anson, Chase Utley, and bat length and weight. Storytelling (36:22) examines the problems surrounding Stan’s “Tonight Show” appearance, use of commercials and Charles Barkley, the irony of an Astros pitcher tipping pitches and Stan’s early anti-cheating stance, Paul Sorvino’s mostly silent manager, the sac bunt, the bottle moment, and the chain of 3,000 stores. The musical Score (1:04:18) looks at usage of “The Natural,” Gustav Holst, The Nutcracker, “Jungle Boogie,” “It Takes Two,” “YMCA,” “Let’s Get it On,” “Whoomp There It is” and “Endless Love.” Shout-out to Rhys Hoskins’ mustache, which Ellen learns she only loved all along by how sad she is now that it has left us. Acting (1:11:43) discusses Bernie Mac’s charisma, Angela Bassett’s all-around awesomeness, and performances from Brian White, Amaury Nolasco, Dondre T. Whitfield, Michael Rispoli, Paul Sorvino and Chris Noth. Delightfulness of Catcher (1:16:13) follows, and Eric gives props to Dick Enberg in Delightfulness of Announcer (1:18:31) follow. Lack of Misogyny (1:22:11) praises Angela Bassett, though Ellen has small tirade on the idealization of tiny women being able to house junk food at all times. No spoilers on the following segments: Yes or No (1:26:00), Six Degrees of Baseball (1:31:09) Favorite Moment (1:32:03) Least Favorite Moment (1:34:37), Scene We Would Have Liked to See (1:36:33), Dreamiest Player (1:37:46), Favorite Performance (1:39:20), Next Time (1:41:13) and Review Thank You (1:41:55).


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