I mean, would the Soviets even understand that metaphor? Did they have baseball?
Ballad of a Soldier, Grigori Chukhrai's 1959 film, doesn't answer that question. Why would it? It's a stupid question. It does, however, tell the tale of a young man who destroys two tanks and is improbably rewarded with leave to go fix his mother's roof. Along the way he runs across examples of just about every iteration of love Chukhrai could think of.
We discuss it on this week's Lost in Criteiron.