The Best New York Mets Movies To Watch Now
The New York Mets certainly don’t have the rich history, lengthy winning tradition or global recognition of their crosstown rivals, the New York Yankees.
But when it comes to pop culture and films, few sports teams are referenced as often as the Mets. There’s a very good chance that you’ve come across several films that have included or referenced the NL East club one way or another.
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There are countless movies where someone wore a Mets hat and/or jersey. The old Shea Stadium (the team’s home from 1964 to 2008) and Mets players (real and fictional) have also been used aplenty in the movie industry. Here is a look at three such films that you need to check out.
Rookie of the Year (1993)
One of the most popular sports films of the ‘90s, Rookie of the Year stars Thomas Ian Nicholas as Henry Rowengartner, Amy Morton as Mary Rowengartner and Gary Busey as “Rocket” Steadman. Though he’s uncredited in the film, the late John Candy also appeared in Rookie of the Year.
Rookie of the Year is directed by Daniel Stern, who gained fame for his role as Marv in the first two Home Alone films. Stern also has a minor acting role in Rookie of the Year. The film grossed $56.5 million at the box office.
The Henry character is a 12-year-old boy who displays a special ability to throw extremely fast pitches. Rowengartner becomes a star for the historic Chicago Cubs franchise, but the Mets also play a key role in the film.
The Mets have a superstar and fierce slugger named Heddo who homered off Henry in the latter’s first pitching outing. Henry eventually settles down and helps his team pull off the victory.
Near the conclusion of the film, Henry’s Cubs face Heddo’s Mets yet again. The Cubs have a chance to lock down a division title and punch a ticket to the NLCS. But can Henry continue his magic and finish the underdog story, or will Heddo and company have something to say about it?
Marc Lawrence directed this blockbuster which stars Hugh Grant (George Wade), Sandra Bullock (Lucy Kelson), and Alicia Witt (June Carver).
Two Weeks Notice follows the story of Bullock’s character, Lucy, who gets hired as a lawyer for Wade’s company. Wade is a billionaire who overly relies on Lucy, even for non-work-related matters. Hence the title of the film, Lucy eventually turns in a two-week resignation notice which leads to a series of obstacles.
The Mets are briefly featured in the film. Baseball Hall of Famer and former Mets superstar catcher Mike Piazza makes a brief cameo appearance in the 2002 film which grossed $199 million at the box office.
Men In Black (1997)
Mets fans who haven’t seen Men in Black should know that the baseball team is shown for one very small scene in the first film. The brief Mets scene features a cameo appearance from former Mets outfielder Bernard Gilkey, who played for the NL East club from 1996 to ‘98.
The film centers around the MIB organization which closely monitors extraterrestrial life and alien creatures on earth. The supporting cast features Linda Fiorentino (Dr. Laurel Weaver), Rip Torn (Chief Zed) and Vincent D’Onofrio (Edgar).
The success of the 1997 film eventually led to a trio of sequels, Men in Black II (2002), Men in Black 3 and Men in Black: International (2019, Jones and Smith aren’t actually included in this film).
The Mets are also featured briefly in Men in Black 3.
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