MLB Playoff teams and ballparks no stranger to the movies

By Steve Mathie
Staff Writer
FilmingLocations.com


As the 2010 Major League Baseball Playoffs get underway at stadiums across the country, pay attention to the ballparks when you are watching games. You might recognize some of the stadiums as being used in some of your favorite films over the years. All MLB stadiums can be viewed at www.filminglocations.com.

Baseball has always had a prominent place on the big screen, and has a way of touching the hearts of movie lovers as America’s Pastime. Anytime a sports movie is made, an extra element is added to the production process that gives any person off the streets the ability to get involved.

Whether it’s recruiting thousands of local people to come out to a stadium to sit in the stands as an extra at a game – or holding tryouts to see who has the athletic ability to be cast as an extra player or stunt double – sports movies always appeal to the public in a special way.

A League of Their Own was filmed at Wrigley Field – home of the Chicago Cubs. The movie is the most successful baseball box office movie ever, grossing $107 million.

Wrigley has also had a couple of huge films shot at the ballpark. The Blues Brothers (1980), Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), Rookie of the Year (1993), and The Break-Up (2006) were all filmed at Wrigley.

Dodger Stadium hosted filming for the major motion picture Transformers in 2007, as well as Superman Returns in 20006. You might also remember seeing the friendly confines of Dodger Stadium in The Fast and the Furious (2001), Bounce (2000), City of Angels (1998), and in the last scene of one of the great baseball movies or all time – The Sandlot (1993).

The Tampa Bay Devil Rays made their second appearance in the playoffs as a franchise this year. Tropicana Field, where ESPN has filmed its television show Outside the Lines.

The White Sox play their home games at U.S. Celluar Field, a park that was used as a filming location for The Ladies Man (2000), My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997), and Major League 2 (1994). With club suites, the clubhouse and the scout lounges available for viewing at FilmingLocations.com, the White Sox will look to attract more filming in the future.

In 1982 the Brewers played their home games at County Stadium, where the classic Major League was filmed. Now they play at Miller Park, site of the filming for Mr. 3000 that starred the late Bernie Mac, a tragic loss of a great person and actor for the film industry.

If you caught any games between the Boston Red Sox and the Anaheim Angels, you saw two venues that have had lots of filming. Fenway Park in Boston is one of the most celebrated venues in all of sports, and its famous for its dedicated fans and The Green Monster in left field. Fever Pitch was filmed there in 2005, and Kevin Costner and James Earl Jones travelled there in Field of Dreams to film a scene in which they watched a ballgame. Little Big League was also filmed at Fenway in 1994.

Angel Stadium in Anaheim has seen its share of feature films as well, and has Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999), The Fan (1996), and Angels in the Outfield (1994) in its filmography.

Playoff fever is finally here, so when you’re on your couch watching October magic and its stadiums – take notice of their unique features and how they have been used in filming. If you wish to see more of the stadiums, they are available for viewing in the Showcase Properties portion at FilmingLocations.com – where you can look at pictures and buy tickets to Major League Baseball games.

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