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Although a one-time MVP for the New York Yankees, Jack Elliott is now on the down side of his baseball career. His batting average is low and one of his few claims to fame is that during the previous year, he led the team in 9th inning doubles in the month of August. With an up and coming slugger ready to replace him, he learns that he's been traded to the Chunichi Dragons of the Japanese Central baseball league. Elliott is set in his ways and quite inflexible, not only in accepting Japanese culture in general, but also with the way the baseball team is managed. When he meets his very pretty PR agent, Hiroko, he begins to gain a greater appreciation that he should accept his current situation. When he realizes her other connection to the team, his attitudes begin to change at an even greater pace Written by
Tom Selleck took pre game batting practice with some Major League Baseball teams to prepare for the role of Jack Elliot. See more »
During one of the games, Itoi is the pitcher and is wearing uniform #11 when he throws a pick-off throw to Jack at first base. When the shot changes and Jack catches the ball at first base, Itoi is warming up in the background wearing #11. Itoi can't be warming up if he is already on the mound in the game. See more »
I'm a World Series MVP!
That was four years ago, Jack.
You hit .235 Last season.
LAST SEASON, I led this team in ninth-inning doubles in the month of August!
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"Baseball is a game, and it's supposed to be fun" ... this film is a hit.
An egotistic major league baseball player is forced to continue his career in Japan, he contends with a culture that is alien to him, an apparently humorless manager, an attractive Japanese woman and his own professional and social insecurities. There is a certain subtle charm that flows through Tom Selleck's performances. There is humor, sometimes softly understated, as in this film, sometimes slapstick as in "Folks!", but always there seems to be some higher purpose involved. Throw in an individual full of self doubts who struggles to solve his personal difficulties while holding fast to "doing the right thing," and you end up with a film both funny as well as thought-provoking. The cast fits together like a championship team, and even if neither cast nor film win awards for their efforts, they will leave the viewers feeling good (and maybe that's the best results after all). You'll want to watch this film more than once, and each time, Mr. Baseball hits a home run.
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