Tale of the Tape: Phantom Menace vs. Detroit Tigers

Tale of the Tape
SI.com's Cory McCartney sizes up two big-budget disappointments.
The Phantom Menace
Detroit Tigers
$115 million $138 million
The Hype
First Star Wars film in 16 years Picked to win the World Series
Early Return
Blasted by critics Off to 1-7 start
2000 Razzie Award Not much, so far
Hard-To-Watch New Character
Jar-Jar Binks Miguel Cabrera (batting .125)
Backed By
Lucasfilm Little Caeser's
Silver Lining
There's always the original three movies. It's only April.
Prelude To
The rise of Darth Vader, two more bad sequels One of the biggest disappointments in baseball history?
Directed By
George Lucas Jim Leyland
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