According to a Sports Illustrated article, Rose impressed the film producers with his professionalism on the set. He knew his lines, delivered them without sounding like he was just reciting words and was able to easily adjust whenever the director suggested changes in pace on alternative takes. Rose attributed his ease in front of the camera to doing many commercials. "I do what the director tells me to do," he said.
Because Pete Rose had been given a lifetime suspension from Major League Baseball, his scene had to be rewritten from taking place on a baseball field to a bar because he was not permitted to wear an MLB-licensed uniform.