Number of Times Seen – 2 (24 Mar 2005 and 4 Apr 2016)
Brief Synopsis – A retired baseball player who was never nice to the media or fans must return to the field after nine years of retirement when it is realized that his statistic of hits was only 2997 instead of 3000 which would help him gain acceptance into The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
My Take on it – Well, it’s still opening week of baseball, so here is another review of a baseball movie to help you all get in the mood for the boys of summer.
Being a fan of baseball, I know and appreciate the importance of a player having 3000 hits in order to be even considered part of the elite players that make it into the Hall of Fame.
The criteria is purposely not easy because they want to uphold the integrity and eliteness of the players enshrined in that Hall located in upstate New York.
I personally have been there maybe once or twice, but it was more than 25 years ago, so I can’t recall specifically the memories of being in the rooms that hold memorabilia of those Baseball greats of years long gone.
This movie takes that premise to a different level and they perfectly combine the humor and importance of the situation throughout.
This movie also has a great message about sportsmanship and teamwork.
I always loved Bernie Mac’s work and this is no exception. He plays the main character so well because he perfectly gets the idea of the character’s brazenness but also his humor.
Due to my knowledge of how sports statistics are so accurate these days, I obviously find that the plot is really impossible but they still do a great job of showing us how fans, reporters, other players and upper management would truly act and react in this kind of situation.
I’ve always been a fan of Chris Noth from his Law & Order days and it was great seeing him here.
Bottom Line – Fun baseball movie that does a great job making fun of itself but still retains a thoughtful message. Mac is great as the title character bringing both wit and brazenness to the sport. Trouble believing that something like this could really happen in real life, but they do a great job of portraying the perceptions of fans, reporters, players and the head office in the perfect fashion. Loved seeing Chris Noth in this. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Three-time World Series Champion San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey appears as a batter getting a hit for the “Astros.” He was 17 years old and still in high school when he appeared in the film. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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