Friday, January 27, 2012

There's No Crying In Baseball

Tear jerkers. There are movies and books that, no matter how many times I watch and/or read them, I always end up in tears. Crying isn't a bad thing. I firmly believe it's good for the soul. A release of sorts that frees us and makes us feel whole again.

Here are a few movies and books that make the water works flow for me.

A League of Their Own (1992)
"There's no crying in baseball," Coach Jimmy Dugan says to Evelyn.
Well, sorry Coach, but I cry at this movie every single time.
Maybe it's the sisterly bond in the movie that's tattered and slowly put back together again near the end.
Or perhaps it's because I feel connected to it. I played catcher in softball from 6th grade - Senior year and loved every minute of it. And the girls were like family to me.
I don't know the exact reason for the tears.
I do know, I cry. And have uncontrollable sobbing when **SPOILER** Coach Dugan has to give one of his players the news that her husband was killed in war. It's a gut wrenching thing that tears me up every time.

Marley & Me (author: John Grogan)
Marley & Me (Movie: 2008)

I watched this movie and cried my eyes out. The dog brought such comical chaos to the family, but yet gave love and loyalty ten-fold. Animals are special like that. Susan, a dear friend of mine, recommended I read the book. So, I did because 1) Susan is one of the best advice givers out there and 2) I love to read.
I ended up feeling even stronger emotion when I read it than seeing it played on the screen.

The Notebook (novel: Nicholas Sparks)
The Notebook (movie: 2004)

I'm a sucker for Nicholas Sparks. He has a beautiful way of telling a love story, you feel like you're right there in his book. The tears shed here are bittersweet ... Noah loves Allie like no other and will go through whatever life throws at them to show her, but they go through hell to get there.

Steel Magnolias (1989)
Six women, a hair salon, gossip galore.

But it's the friendships - kindred spirits
that these women share that make the movie.
**SPOILER** One of them passes away.
The funeral scene crushed me -
the mother was in such pain for
her deceased daughter, I ended up
bawling my eyes out.

Are there any movies or books that cause you to cry or get choked up? Or do you prefer to steer clear of sappy films?


  1. I always cry at the end of Forrest Gump. My husband is a big Tom Hanks fan, so I've also cried during A League of Their Own.

    Harry Potter 7 (the book) made me cry. Killing Hedwig--bad form, Rowling. Bad form.

    1. Wait, what?! Hedwig dies?! Just kidding. ;-)

  2. Jackie, how did I miss this???? Congratulations on your Blog! I am a fan!!!

    1. Thanks so much! I love your blog, too! We miss your talent at the flower shop. :-)

  3. Ladder 49
    We are Marshall
    My girl
    One tree hill lol

    1. Hmmm I wonder who this could be with One Tree Hill... LOL

  4. Hey, guys! Thanks for the comments!!! :-)

    And thanks, Tara, for your kind words! <3

  5. simon birch
    the help
    remember the titans

  6. Terms of Endearment...Old Yeller...Star TreK II: The Wrath of Kahn.
    EVERY TIME!!!!


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