I hope you won’t think less of me, but when it comes to Bill Murray films I am much less a fan of his work with Wes Anderson than his brilliant collaborations with the late, truly great Harold Ramis.
Murray worked with Ramis off-Broadway on the National Lampoon Show, then in the movies: Meatballs, Stripes, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and perhaps, their greatest collaboration – Groundhog Day. Sadly, a rift developed between this great double-play combination during the making of Groundhog Day, and they never worked together again and it is rumored, that they never spoke again (although the Chicago Tribune did report that Murray and his brother Brian Doyle-Murray did visit Ramis during the final days of his illness.
Groundhog Day (released in 1993 and holds it’s own to this day), written by Ramis and Danny Rubin, and directed by Ramis, is the story of Phil Connors, a weatherman (Murray), who is sent to cover a story about a weather forecasting “rat” (as he calls it). This is his fourth year covering this hideous story in Punxsutawney, and he makes no effort to hide his frustration to his producer (Andie MacDowell) or his cameraman (Chris Elliott). The crew gets caught in a blizzard that Phil didn’t predict and he finds himself trapped in a time warp reliving the same day over and over again until he gets it right.
With that in mind, I attempted to figure out the baseball angle on this and the best I could do is come up with players who had the same results both in 2014 and 2015.
Nine to Know – 2014/15 Groundhog Day results
- Adrian Gonzalez hit 27 homers in 2014 and 27 in 2015. He also had a .294 BAbip in each season.
- Double vision: Both (future Red Sox) Chris Young and (former Red Sox) Mike Napoli had 20 doubles in 2014 and 20 doubles in 2015.
- Salvador Perez returned to the World Series in both 2014 and 2015, but with different results. However, in the regular seasons, Perez had 70 RBI in both 2014 and 2015.
- The name Chris Davis is synonymous with strikeouts, so it’s only appropriate that we honor with 122 whiffs in both 2014 and 2015, his homonym: Khris Davis.
- Speaking of strikeouts, Jesse Chavez whiffed 136 batters both in 2014 and 2015.
- Ryan Vogelsong walked 58 batters in 2014 and again in 2015, the trouble is in 2014 he threw 184.2 innings and in 2015, he had only 135.0 IP.
- Jason Hammel allowed 23 homers in 2014 and then again in 2015 and each season he allowed 13 gopher balls in the first three innings.
- Did you know that there is no 2-1-1 area code in the U.S.? It’s saved for special services. Now you know that and that Colby Lewis allowed 211 hits both in 2014 and in 2015.
- No team had the same number of wins in both 2014 and 2015, but the Padres had 41 saves in each season and the Angels had 46 saves both in 2014 and 2015.
This just in – Punxsutawney Phil predicts early spring