For as long as anyone can remember, athletes have wanted to be actors or musicians and vice-versa. Today we celebrate all those baseball players who took their shot in the TV/Movie business. Here are my Top 5 appearances in TV shows or movies by baseball players:
Players Featured: Roger Clemens, Wade Boggs, Ken Griffey, Jr., Steve Sax, Ozzie Smith, José Canseco, Don Mattingly, Darryl Strawberry and Mike Scioscia
If you were to ask a "Simpsons" fan the question: what is the best episode ever? The majority of them would answer "Homer at the Bat." The 1992 episode of the classic cartoon features nine MLB players, each of whom have funny scenes throughout the episode. From Bart heckling Darryl Strawberry from the stands to Mr. Burns yelling at Don Mattingly to shave his sideburns, this is definitely the best example of MLB cameos.
Players Featured: Keith Hernandez
As a diehard fan of "Seinfeld," there is one storyline that sticks with me more than any other and that is Keith Hernandez and the magic loogie. Keith Hernandez plays himself in the two-episode stint in 1992, which has stood the test of time as one of the most memorable athlete cameos. The scene featured on the left also remains one of the most iconic in the sitcom's history.
The Other Guys
Players Featured: Derek Jeter
In Will Ferrell's long list of movies, for me, "The Other Guys" is the most underrated of all of them. So many great scenes and lines throughout, and for baseball fans (particularly Yankees fans) Derek Jeter plays an important role in the movie. While Jeter's acting skills may leave a little to be desired, he does play a pretty important role in a very funny movie. So, his appearance makes this list.
Players Featured: Reggie Jackson
Reggie Jackson's appearance in the "Naked Gun" is definitely the most unique of any on this list. At the conclusion of the movie he gets triggered to become a hypnotized robot charged to kill the Queen of England. Yup. Of course that is right on par with things that happen in all the "Naked Gun" movies. While Jackson was great, he was the second most famous athlete in the movie; he was slightly overshadowed by one of the main stars of the film... O.J. Simpson.
Little Big League
Players Featured: Ken Griffey Jr.
The movie "Little Big League" is about a 11 year old boy who becomes the owner and manager of the Minnesota Twins. As unbelievable of a storyline as it may be, Ken Griffey Jr.'s role was the most believable of any baseball player on this list. Griffey walks to the plate with an intimidating look on his face and knocks one out of the park on the first pitch. Something Mariners fans saw in real life for years.
Do you have any other baseball or athlete cameos you loved even more? Let us know!