Blake Swihart’s Favorite Movie Is So Bad, We Dare Not Speak Its Name
In-game player profiles are, in essence, a necessary evil. They relay information that, more than likely, will never come up again or help or advance your life further, but darn it, networks need to fill in 3+ hours of air time during a baseball game and you will learn your players' favorite movies, gosh darn it.
You know what's not a necessary evil? Picking one of the most ill-fated and disliked remakes of all time as your favorite movie.
Which is what Boston Red Sox C/LF Blake Swihart totally did, a horrific decision unveiled by an in-game player profile on the Sox's flagship TV network NESN, and brought to national attention by Barstool Sports.
Yep....he picked the remake of Point Break as his favorite movie. How the NESN intern who collected the player profile sheets didn't simply look at Swihart's response and say "try again" is beyond me. I mean, that possibly could've happened, but his first option was probably Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights.
A handful of Red Sox Nation took to the social media waves to voice their utter displeasure.
Look, remakes of great movies/television shows are, lightly put, a guilty pleasure (and for Hollywood, again they're necessary evils). I, for one, get a kick out of that A-Team remake with Liam Neeson and Brad Cooper that came out a few years back. But I wouldn't exactly go running around claiming it was my favorite movie of all time, that's for darn sure.
Point Break, on the other hand, was, and still is, considered a national treasure. And the remake was.....anything but that. Do we remember the original Point Break for its plot? Not really, we remember it for the tour de force performances of Keanu Reeves and the late Patrick Swayze. As for the performances in "new one"....well if you can name one actor from the remake, which turns the tenacity and thrills of the original into a two hour X Games commercial, without looking it up, that's an accomplishment in itself.
Let's hope Swihart isn't expecting a sequel, though. Released one weekend after Star Wars: The Force Awakens, "the new one" couldn't even (Point) break even at the American box office, making a mere $28 million domestically compared to a $105 millon budget.
All in all, Swihart's favorite film choice isn't bringing down the good karma the Red Sox have had at the plate lately. Boston currently leads all of Major League Baseball in hits, runs and doubles, en route to a 29-17 record in the early going of the season, leading the American League East.
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffMags5490
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