Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Base(ball) Oddity #43: Rickey Lives

You gave me a present, the paper was blue and green. I unwrapped it with pleasure, these are the best shades I've ever seen.- Iggy Pop's Shades

It's been nearly 30 years since John Carpenter's cult-classic They Live hit theaters but it views more like a '50s sci-fi/horror flick. If you have never seen the movie, it's set in a dystopian Los Angeles, with the late-professional wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper playing a nameless drifter (John Nada in the movie's credits) who discovers that aliens have to come to the earth, disguised as people of wealth and power. These aliens use the media to manipulate the masses through their subliminal messages.


These messages (and those who appear to be human, but are really aliens) become clear to Nada after he finds a pair of sunglasses that allow him to see the world as it really is. While it's a tad bit on the cheesy side, the movie is entertaining and, according the Carpenter himself, a social satire and political commentary on Reaganomics.

One of my favorite moments during the movie was Rowdy Roddy's one-liner, "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass... and I'm all out of bubblegum." Piper reportedly took the line from a book he carried around that he would reference anytime he needed something to hype up an upcoming wrestling match.

Who are they... and what do they want? (From a promotional poster for They Live)

Rickey Henderson, at times, seemed to be from a different planet. Freakishly talented and equally bizarre in the things he would say and do, Rickey made even the best of his peers look merely mortal. And while there are a number of 'must have' cards of The G.O.A.T., none match his 2000 Keebler Mariner's (#7) in 'out-of-this-world'-liness. He looks like he just walked off the set of They Live.

Who knows. Had baseball not worked out, perhaps acting in B-Rate movies would have been Rickey's calling.

Speaking of Shades, here's Iggy Pop

1 comment:

  1. Baseball could use more guys like Rickey Henderson, instead we get stuck with a bunch of guys that have sticks up their butt.