I have always been a huge movie fan and I have a wide taste when it comes to the art of cinema. I try to see as many of the Oscar nominated films as I can before the show so I can make an informed decision about each of the movies. I would say that the Oscar season is something that I am almost as passionate about as the Twins. To help celebrate this weekends Oscars, I challenged myself to combine these two loves.
Below you will find all of the films nominated for Best Picture in this weekends ceremony and a Twins plotline that connects to that film. It was a fun exercise and I hope you enjoy the following.
Lights, camera, action...
Twins Plot: A star player joins the Twins from a foreign country and is given the role of a lifetime in the major leagues. The player has to overcome many barriers and struggles along the way to transition to life in a new country. His team also struggles with which part he should play, the shortstop or the second baseman. These roles could dictate how sane Twins fans are at the end of the season.
Twins Plot: A younger brother is following in the baseball footsteps of his older brother. The only problem is the younger brother has the chance to be a much bigger star than his older brother. The younger brother has been a highly touted prospect and is making his mark on the major league level. The season that he put together the previous year reflects some of the mistakes he saw his brother make during his career. The older brother never reached championship glory but the younger brother has many more seasons to see that dream come true.
Twins Plot: An organization dreams up the perfect team and tries to mold that team to fit the dream that they have. The coach and general manager try to manipulate the system to fit the needs of the organization. A hometown star, some veteran players, and a young pitching staff all form the cornerstones of this dream state. The ultimate goal for the team is a championship, but is this only a dream or can it become reality?
The Kids Are All Right
Twins Plot: A power-hitting veteran is torn between the chance to play closer to home or to move to another market that is further away. Traveling further away would mean a higher salary. But his family is an important part of his life and they will play a large role in deciding the path he will take. In the end the kids are the right choice for this player as he decides to stay closer to home and chase the 600 HR mark.
The King's Speech
Twins Plot: The hometown star has become a king to the fans of the local baseball market. He is a superstar player on a worldwide stage that is seeing himself become a leader. His new leadership role brings a much larger contract along with many endorsements. This soft spoken man must find his voice and lead his team to the promise land.
Twins Plot: The playoff dreams of a franchise seemed to be dashed in the same fashion every season. The hated rivals from the east trap the hometown team between a rock and a hard place. The hometown team seems to have the life sucked out of them in less than 127 hours. Finding a way to survive in this harsh environment is the task that faces a new generation of players.
The Social Network
Twins Plot: Two outfielders use social networking tools to increase their already wide fan bases. Through Tweets and Facebook, these two players keep their fans up-to-date with all of the happenings of a major league player. This instant interaction with fans increases to grow along with the social network of the world.
Toy Story 3
Twins Plot: A coming of age story as a young prospect finds himself thrust into the middle of a pennant race. His overwhelming success is something that fans hope reemerges in his second trip through the major leagues. But a sophomore slump is something that can haunt even the best of players. By avoiding this slump, the young player can bring a child-like happiness to fans everywhere.
Twins Plot: A grizzled old gunslinger is asked to help a developing pitching staff to hunt down a title. He is teamed with a star catcher and other talent as they journey through their league in search of victories that bring them closer to their goal. There are many perils along the way as the old veteran shows his true grit.
Twins Plot: The cold of winter provided a variety of discomfort in the bone region of this left-handed tosser. The team is left wondering if this player can be a true ace for the staff. With the injury filled past of the pitcher, the organization isn't interested in betting the house on this player at this time. With Target Field as the backdrop, the player needs to find a way to show the organization that he has the mental make-up to be a cornerstone of the franchise.