Rays dish on Oscars, favorite all-time movies

Rays dish on Oscars, favorite all-time movies

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The Academy Awards are Sunday night, but it's not likely many of the Rays will stay up to watch what actors and films receive Oscars for the simple reason that the ceremony runs too late and their next day starts too early.

That doesn't mean they don't like movies, though a lot of their favorite movies have never walked away with an Oscar. Jose De Leon said "Inferno" was the last movie he saw, but his favorite movie is "The Shawshank Redemption."

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"I think it's a great movie," De Leon said. "I like Morgan Freeman."

"Arrival" was the last movie Evan Longoria saw. "I liked it," said the Rays' third baseman, who noted that he mostly goes to see kid movies with his family these days. His all-time favorite: "The Sandlot."

Bench coach Tom Foley last went to the movies with his wife and saw "The Girl on the Train," a flick he was not particularly enamored with, as he noted, "I like the movies, but I'm not going to see that one again."

"Animal House" ranks as Foley's all-time favorite.

Dana Eveland doesn't go to the movies often, but he does like movies.

"The last movie I went to was 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,'" Eveland said. "I took my 6-year-old to that.

"They don't all die. A lot of people die. There's a lot of death, for sure. But they've got four, five, or six more scheduled. I mean, Han Solo is dead. Sorry to ruin any surprises."

"Patriots Day" was the last movie Kevin Kiermaier saw.

"When I watch movies, I have to be into them before they start, and that was one that I was into," Kiermaier said. "But you forget about certain details, and the movie reminds you. That was a great movie."

Kiermaier's favorite: "Varsity Blues."

"High school football, great cast," Kiermaier said. "A lot of good one-liners in there. That movie was perfect, to me."

Nick Franklin couldn't remember the last movie he saw, but his all-time favorites are the "Saw" series and "Stepbrothers."

Brad Boxberger noted he used to be a "big movie guy until I had two kids."

"Now it's kind of hard to get to movies," he said.

"Stepbrothers" ranks as Boxberger's favorite, too. "I love comedy," he said.

Logan Morrison, called the last movie he saw, "Split" a "really good movie. His all-time favorite is also "Stepbrothers."

"I love Will Ferrell," he said.

Daniel Robertson's last movie was "Hacksaw Ridge."

"I think it's up for some award," he said. "Saw it earlier in the spring. Somebody had recommended it and I watched it on Netflix. Actually a pretty good movie."

Adam Sandler's "Big Daddy" ranks first for Robertson.

"I'm a big comedy guy," he said. "[Big Daddy] and 'Happy Gilmore.' I just always watched that growing up."

Matt Duffy recently saw "Split."

"It's pretty good," he said. "The movie itself wasn't very scary to me. You could tell by his facial expressions which character he snapped to. He did a good really good job."

"Remember the Titans" is Duffy's all-time favorite.

"I just think it has everything from overcoming adversity in many ways, racial segregation, the guy gets in the car accident," Duffy said.

Finally, there's Luke Maile, the Rays' anti-movie guy.

"Get out of here, I don't watch any movies," Maile said when asked about the movies. "It's been at least five years since I've gone to one."

What does he have against the movies?

"I don't have time," he said. "There's always something that I feel like I should be doing than watching something and then it's over."

Is Maile sending a message to the Academy?

"I guess so," he said. "You could say I've personally boycotted their films."

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.