Baseball season is almost upon us.  Wakefield and Varitek have said their tearful goodbyes; semi-apologies have been offered for last year’s inexcusable Red Sox collapse; Valentine is making his mark on spring training.  And surprise of surprises, Manny is back in the game!

While anticipating the first games of the 2012 season, check out the best recent baseball movies.  These films are so good they can even be enjoyed by people who don’t consider themselves fans, because they’re really about life, not just baseball:

Moneyball – nominated for six Academy Awards

Sugar – an introspective sports drama about a young Dominican baseball player learning about the big leagues and himself

Gift of the Game – Bill Lee, irrepressible former Red Sox pitcher, brings a group of fifty-somethings to Cuba to play against a little league team founded by Ernest Hemingway

Lost Son of Havana – a documentary that follows Luis Tiant, the great Red Sox pitcher “El Tiante”, as he returns to Cuba for the first time in over 46 years

And for fans of the game, stop by the table in the library showcasing baseball books and movies and borrow a few.

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