I would rank it first, although I like the others. (I have not seen The
Sandlot.) It has more of an insider feel, and weaves together real
baseball with real life better than the others. Plus it has a sense of
humor and Susan Sarandon nekkid.
My ranking of the best fake baseball swings:
1. Tom Jane. Guy must be a helluva actor and a helluva athlete, because
he never played the game before learning to mimic the great Mantle
2. Costner and Redford. Those guys looked like they could play. Redford
actually did play college ball, if I remember right.
Best fake pitchers:
Pitching is harder to fake. Because of the strained, unnatural overhand
motion and the all-or-nothing hip thrust, it's something that strains even
the guys who do it for a living, and it's virtually impossible for anyone
else to do. I've seen a ton of baseball movies, and was only
impressed by one actor playing a pitcher: Charlie Sheen, who looked like
he could really bring it iff'n he had to. If you're a macho actor, don't
take a pitching role, because almost all actors look inauthentic and some
look like total girlie men when they try to pitch. (David Straithairn,
Ronald Reagan, Ray Milland ... etc)
Enough talk. Let's get to the tits:
Sarandon film clips. These are 1920x1080, which is as big as it gets
in this crazy world.