The new owner of the Cleveland Indians puts together a purposely horrible team so they'll lose and she can move the team. But when the plot is uncovered, they start winning just to spite her.

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An exotic dancer marries the owner of a baseball club. He does not survive the honeymoon and she is in control of his ball club. she wants to move to warmer climes where some new stadiums have been built, but her lease has only one escape clause, poor attendance. She fields the worst team she can find. The attitude of the owner gives the misfits and losers something to rally around and they fight back. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Roughly presages the 1995 Seattle Mariners situation: with a history of revolving-door, absentee ownership more concerned with the bottom line than championships, and the ever-present threat of relocation (Miami was the usual option until the Marlins were created; in '95 the suitor was Tampa Bay, and the Mariners' departure seemed imminent). However, the 95 Mariners went on an unprecedented run, tying the Angels on the last day of the season, and forcing a one-game playoff. After winning that game, in the 5th and deciding game of the playoffs versus a burgeoning Yankees dynasty, Seattle's ace Randy Johnson, came out of the bullpen (a la Wild Thing) to save the game. The game and series was won in extra innings by Edgar Martinez' iconic double down the left field line. See more »

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When they report to spring training in the bunk room Willie introduces himself to Jake and Ricky, seconds later Cerrano takes Dorn's golf club cover to use for his bat and in the background you see Willie just walking through the door. But that would be impossible since Willie was just talking to Jake and Ricky seconds before. See more »

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Rachel Phelps: Good morning, gentlemen, and welcome to another season of Indians baseball.
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There Once Was...
29 December 2004 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

This is one of the cleverest predictable movies of all time, and for my taste the best baseball movie. A great cast, an underdog plot, and one memorable choice after another by the writers and director make this a valentine to the foot soldiers of our national pastime. (Remember, this was 15 years ago.)

The fabulous scoreboard, the hysterical radio play-by-play of Bob Uecker, even the motley occupants of Cleveland sports bars are irresistible hooks to reel us in, after we've been hooked by the motley team of colorful has-beens and never-were's. If this is a formula, it's the right one. I deeply love this movie, and regret not having seen it in its theatrical run. (I've seen it a dozen times since.) I'm sure the audience went wild during that climactic Yankees game! How about that Dorn making a bunch of clutch plays! Didn't you love Cerrano carrying his bat around the bases with him? Jake not dusting off, and pointing, twice...man, I wish I'd been there.

Then there's the little insert, early in the story, about Jake's fantasy of hitting the winning run out of the park. What happened instead when the chips were really down?

Okay, it isn't "poetry" -- it's more of a limerick, know what I mean? Just start with three words: "There once was...." and finish it yourself! I bet you'll finish with a big smile on your face!


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