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Who doesn’t love a Top 10 list? Well, we do! So welcome to Top 10 Tuesday, where every week we will dive into a different Rockies-related topic. These lists will not be scientific. They are 100-percent opinion (a “Mountain Viewpoint” so to speak) and — more importantly — they are 100-percent debatable. We encourage the banter in the comments (keep it respectful), and feel free to offer up some future topic ideas!

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With the holiday break in full swing, movies are on in our household 24/7. So I thought it fitting to break down my top 10 baseball movies of all time. I really wish “The Fan” was good enough to be on this list — as it’s the only movie I can think of that features the Colorado Rockies (as a common opponent of the San Francisco Giants in the movie). Unfortunately, that movie is terrible. But there’s so many good ones that a Top 10 list doesn’t seem like it’s enough.

But let’s give it a try — equipped with one of my favorite quotes from each one.

No. 10: The Rookie (2002)

“You know what we get to do today, Brooks? We get to play baseball.” — Jim Morris

No. 9: Moneyball (2011)

“I hate losing more than I love winning.” — Billy Beane

No. 8: The Natural (1984)

“Fred, it took me 16 years to get here. You play me, and you’ll get the best I’ve got.” — Roy Hobbs

No. 7: Major League (1989)

“Remember, fans, Tuesday is Die Hard Night. Free admission for anyone who was actually alive the last time the Indians won the pennant.” — Harry Doyle

No. 6: Bull Durham (1988)

“Okay, well, uh... candlesticks always make a nice gift, and uh, maybe you could find out where she’s registered and maybe a place-setting or maybe a silverware pattern. Okay, let’s get two! Go get ‘em.” — Larry

No. 5: The Battered Bastards of Baseball (2014)

“When I think about the Mavericks, I don’t really think much about baseball. I think about those guys. I think about those characters, and the fact that they enjoyed themselves more than I’d ever seen grown men enjoy themselves. I remember thinking I hope I feel that way when I grow up. And that was as profound a guiding light as I would ever get.” — Todd Field

No. 4: The Sandlot (1993)

“Hurry up, batter. It’s gotta be a short game, then I gotta get home for lunch.” — “Ham” Porter

No. 3: Field of Dreams (1989)

“Ty Cobb wanted to play, but none of us could stand the (SOB) when we were alive, so we told him to stick it!” — “Shoeless” Joe Jackson

No. 2: 61* (2001)

“That’s just great. One guy’s got me all washed up, the other’s got me beating Ruth’s record. You guys should get together and make up your minds... tell me how I am, so I know how to play.” — Mickey Mantle

No. 1: A League of Their Own (1992)

“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard... is what makes it great.” — Jimmy Dugan

Honorable mention:

Rookie of the Year; Eight Men Out; 42; For the Love of the Game; Bad News Bears

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What did I miss? Where did I get it wrong? Sound off in the comments!