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Casting The Yankees In Film

You're making a movie about your favorite team. Which actors would you cast to portray the players/manager? #HollywoodMLB #MLBFC

Above is a question posed by the MLB Fan Cave Twitter account this morning. We've already been getting some great answers. One of my favorites has to be:

@305SteveB Gene Hackman as Jack McKeon. @TheRock as Stanton.

I mean who else could play Mike Stanton but The Rock? They look as if they were separated at birth and Mike has shown he can "Layeth The Smacketh DOWN on Baseballs!"…just like The Great One.

These type of questions always seem to drum up some creative calls. When you think about it, both baseball players and actors share that star quality, and give all they have to give the audience one hell of a show.

I'd love to see Zach Galifianakis play Brian Wilson, or Tobey Maguire take on the role of Pedy Pedroia…hey, the way Dustin plays makes me think he's Spiderman.

The Yankees have had their share of movies made about them. Some are films that I can watch over and over, like "Pride of The Yankees" or "61*." Others? Well, not so much…still wanting the time I spent watching "Joe Torre: Curveballs Along the Way" back. I love Paul Sorvino, but it just didn't quite get the job done.

If I had to put together a movie about the modern-day Yankees, casting would be a challenge. A-Rod and Swish would probably want to play themselves… and I think they could pull it off, although I'm sure their performances would be panned, especially by critics everywhere north of Connecticut…oh, who are we kidding? They'd get panned everywhere outside of New York! The price you pay for wearing Pinstripes, I guess.

But it does make me wonder, who would play these Yankees? I'd go with Jeter first. If "Derek Jeeta" is miscast, the picture is in trouble. So let's cast…ya know what? I would rather make this a comedy…let's cast with that in mind. Jeter? I'm going with a guy who can carry a movie and also pull off subtle, dry comedy. Robert Downey Jr. will be this movie's "Captain." Let's go with Jason Statham as Brett Gardner. Yea, not known for his comedy, but to quote Lou Brown, "I got a hunch he's due."

For Granderson and his slim build, I'd want to take Dave Chappelle. Yea, Dave has been off the map for a while, but we'd get him in the gym and try to bulk him up before cameras roll.

AJ Burnett? Kid Rock. C.C. would be Craig Robinson. Bartolo? I'll get back to you on that one. We got an offer out to Carlos Mencia.

Tex. He is such a good guy that I'd need to pep him up a bit. Let's go with Vince Vaughn and let him take some artistic license.

At the end of the day, portraying someone else is always going to be tough. You can do a good impression like Jamie Foxx did in "Ray" or make it your own like Jesse Eisenberg did in "The Social Network."

This movie will never see the big screen so I'm not too concerned about my choices, and would probably change my mind a hundred times on who should play who. But for now it's a way to pass the time and ask people who would play the guys on your team.

Tweet me at @mikeyoh21 with your response to the original tweet.

You're making a movie about your favorite team. Which actors would you cast to portray the players/manager? #HollywoodMLB #MLBFC

Above is a question posed by the MLB Fan Cave Twitter account this morning. We've already been getting some great answers. One of my favorites has to be:

@305SteveB Gene Hackman as Jack McKeon. @TheRock as Stanton.

I mean who else could play Mike Stanton but The Rock? They look as if they were separated at birth and Mike has shown he can "Layeth The Smacketh DOWN on Baseballs!"…just like The Great One.

These type of questions always seem to drum up some creative calls. When you think about it, both baseball players and actors share that star quality, and give all they have to give the audience one hell of a show.

I'd love to see Zach Galifianakis play Brian Wilson, or Tobey Maguire take on the role of Pedy Pedroia…hey, the way Dustin plays makes me think he's Spiderman.

The Yankees have had their share of movies made about them. Some are films that I can watch over and over, like "Pride of The Yankees" or "61*." Others? Well, not so much…still wanting the time I spent watching "Joe Torre: Curveballs Along the Way" back. I love Paul Sorvino, but it just didn't quite get the job done.

If I had to put together a movie about the modern-day Yankees, casting would be a challenge. A-Rod and Swish would probably want to play themselves… and I think they could pull it off, although I'm sure their performances would be panned, especially by critics everywhere north of Connecticut…oh, who are we kidding? They'd get panned everywhere outside of New York! The price you pay for wearing Pinstripes, I guess.

But it does make me wonder, who would play these Yankees? I'd go with Jeter first. If "Derek Jeeta" is miscast, the picture is in trouble. So let's cast…ya know what? I would rather make this a comedy…let's cast with that in mind. Jeter? I'm going with a guy who can carry a movie and also pull off subtle, dry comedy. Robert Downey Jr. will be this movie's "Captain." Let's go with Jason Statham as Brett Gardner. Yea, not known for his comedy, but to quote Lou Brown, "I got a hunch he's due."

For Granderson and his slim build, I'd want to take Dave Chappelle. Yea, Dave has been off the map for a while, but we'd get him in the gym and try to bulk him up before cameras roll.

AJ Burnett? Kid Rock. C.C. would be Craig Robinson. Bartolo? I'll get back to you on that one. We got an offer out to Carlos Mencia.

Tex. He is such a good guy that I'd need to pep him up a bit. Let's go with Vince Vaughn and let him take some artistic license.

At the end of the day, portraying someone else is always going to be tough. You can do a good impression like Jamie Foxx did in "Ray" or make it your own like Jesse Eisenberg did in "The Social Network."

This movie will never see the big screen so I'm not too concerned about my choices, and would probably change my mind a hundred times on who should play who. But for now it's a way to pass the time and ask people who would play the guys on your team.

Tweet me at @mikeyoh21 with your response to the original tweet.