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Thursday, April 10, 2003
Clown Princes of Baseball
The Baseball Hall of Fame has cancelled a previously scheduled celebration of Bull Durham's 15th Anniversary at Cooperstown this month. Anybody who has read this blog at all will know my reaction to the Hall's decision ("fucking douchebags").

I suppose honoring Bull Durham makes sense since it single-handedly did more to promote minor league baseball than anything MLB has done in the past 50 years. However, there seems to be a growing trend toward dubious acknowledgment of film anniversaries (and actors). How does Ben Affleck get on "Inside the Actor's Studio?" Great, I'm really looking forward to James Lipton hosting the cast reunion for "21 Jump St.," if that hasn't already aired. Dirty Dancing was a nice enough film for what it was, but did it warrant such hoopla for its 15th anniversary last year? Are we doomed to celebrating its 20th and 25th and 30th anniversaries. I can't wait for Ahmad Rashad and Summer Sanders to interview Shaq on the 10th anniversary of Kazaam.

Film festivals and museums provide context and analysis that deepen appreciation. The mere passage of time or the coincident release of the 22nd anniversary deluxe collector's DVD with all new footage, commentary, and delete scenes does not make the anniversary or film or actor important.

That said, I'm waiting for John Hughes to get his honorary Oscar in 2006 on the 20th anniversary of Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

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