Oh yeah, you guys and gals tattooed this one. It still hasn't come down.
But first with the correct answer was steady quiz-placer Ashley, followed
by Rich in second and Jennifer in third. Congrats,
Someone asked, "I read that if you guess the picture movie cover that you get a free
year of redbox movies?" Uh, did you read that in the same place you read about Bat Boy marrying a chupacabra? Sorry, but that'd be a negatory. You have been misinformed. Close-Up Poster participants compete for the pure joy and glory of playing. Sort of like the Olympics… or the WNBA. We have given away actual (non-homemade) prizes in the past and may do so again on future special occasions, but mostly the only prize is the respect and admiration of your peers.
Also, Bobby noted, "These are getting too easy" He's right, this was a very easy one. However, you know that kid in class who just as the bell rings reminds the teacher to give out homework? Well, folks, that's Bobby this week. 'Cause now that he's challenged my movie-geekness I can promise you next week's Close-Up Poster is going to be brutally hard. Well, maybe not brutally hard, but more difficult. Like maybe just a close up shot of a toe or something.
But back to this week's image. Have another look:
That was easy enough, but this one should put it over the top for anyone who was still not sure:
got it now, right? Hop over the jump for the full poster!
That's right, kids. Pitchers and catchers reported last weekend and most clubs started spring training this week. Exhibition games start next week and we are only 38 glorious days away from Opening Day, April 4!
(Can you tell someone is getting a bit cooped-up and cabin-feverish this winter?)
So what better way to celebrate than with the comedic genius of Major League–which is also available in the redboxes as part of redbox Replay.
– As Donna noted in her answer, the interior stadium scenes were shot at the old Brewers park, Milwaukee's County Stadium, where Bob Uecker was the Brewers radio announcer. (And still is at the new Miller Park.) County Stadium was cheaper, and there were problems working around the real-life Indians and Browns schedules back at Cleveland Municipal Stadium.
– Yep, that's 24's President David Palmer and All-State spokesman Dennis Haysbert as the voodoo slugger Pedro Cerrano.
– The hapless Cleveland Indians actually got pretty good in the '90s, after Major League came out. In the '00s things have been a little more up and down.
– The use of "Wild Thing" as Ricky Vaughn's entrance music in the film popularized the trend of having imposing closers come onto the field to rockin' theme songs. (The cover version of The Troggs song is by the
seminal LA punk band X, which I'm always shocked to find most
non-college-radio-working people today–even older ones–have never
heard of.) A few famous examples: Trevor Hoffman of course used "Hells Bells" at San Diego (and now for Milwaukee), Billy Wagner of the Mets–and later Mariano Rivera of the Yankees–used Metallica's "Enter Sandman," and Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon uses "Wild Thing" and "I'm Shipping Up to Boston" by the Dropkick Murphys (famously heard in The Departed.) (As you might imagine, Metallica, Guns and Roses, and AC/DC are the most popular for closer's entrance music.) In 2007, snow forced the Indians to move their home opener to, yep, the new Miller Park (my second favorite place to see ballgames), and the Tribe's closer Joe Borowski entered the field in the ninth to "Wild Thing."
And just to get you even more in the mood, some Major League quotes. (Sorry, some of the best ones had to be left out due to, um… "salty" language.)
Jake (Tom Berenger): I play for the Indians.
Chaire (Rene Russo): Here in Cleveland? I didn't know they still had a team!
Jake: Yup, we've got uniforms and everything, it's really great!
Willie Mays Hayes (Wesley Snipes): What the hell league you been playing in?
Ricky Vaughn (Charlie Sheen): California Penal…
Willie: Never heard of it. How'd you end up playing there?
Vaughn: Stole a car.
Manager Lou Brown (James Gammon): Okay Vaughn. They say you're a pitcher, you're sure
not much of a dresser. We wear caps and sleeves on this level, son.
Coach with speed gun: 96 mph
Lou: We better teach
this kid control before he kills somebody.
Doyle: Personally, I think we got hosed on that call.
Doyle: Heywood leads the league in most offensive categories, including nose hair. When this guy sneezes, he looks like a party favor.
Doyle: This guy threw at his own son in a father son game.
Doyle: Juuust a bit outside.
Doyle: So, here is Rick Vaughn, the one they call the "Wild Thing". So, he sets and deals…. Just a bit outside, he tried for the corner and missed…. Ball 4…. Ball 8… Low, and he walks the bases loaded on 12 straight pitches. How can these guys lay off pitches that close?
"Wild Thing. You make my heart sing. You walk
Eddie Harris: Up your butt, Jobu.
"Gimme Vaughn. I know he hasn't done very well against this guy, but I got a hunch he's due."
"Let's cut through the crap, Vaughn. I only got one thing to say to