Texas Rangers outfield prospect Ryan Cordell will take issue with teammate Tony Barnette.
A day before, Barnette derisively dismissed For Love of the Game for being “cheesy.”
For Cordell, and many others, the 1999 Kevin Costner film perfectly captures life as a professional baseball player. Costner plays aging Tigers pitcher Billy Chapel who reflects on his life in and out of the game while unknowingly throwing a perfect game against the Yankees.
“I just think it’s real and how you get the behind-the-scenes kind of story of what’s going on in his life, the ups and downs,” said Cordell, who was drafted in the 11th round by the Rangers in 2013 out of Liberty University. “There are a lot of ups and downs in baseball and in life, so I kind of like that.”
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Cordell, who is among the fastest guys in camp, has a top time of 6.29 in a 60-yard dash.
So what about those “cheesy” moments in the film? Such as Costner’s character thinking about his longtime girlfriend on the mound in the middle of a perfect game?
“That’s a little bit too far, but just the stories that go on and the ups and downs, I think, are the cool part of the movie,” he said.
Barnette’s retort? “To each his own.”