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F. Murray Abraham,
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
The baseball cards Tom Selleck's character gives the management of the Chunichi Dragons team upon arriving in Japan are Upper Deck brand trading cards. See more »
During the Dragons season ending series, Jack is scouted, and Max is signed to finish the year with the LA Dodgers. Japan's baseball regular season ends a week or two after the Major League Baseball regular season ends. If Jack or Max had signed a contract with a Major League team at that time, they wouldn't be eligible to play until the next season. See more »
You know, Mookee.
Yeah, yeah, yeah.
[Yoji is struggling to translate]
You know one of duties of being a Captain, and you're a *fine* Captain, don't get me wrong, one of the duties is to get the team you know... UP. You know, take their minds off their troubles and let them know that it's OK for them to... loosen up a little.
[Mukai screams and runs to put out his burning shoelaces]
What the hell are you thinking of?
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If you like baseball, you'll dig this movie. It's kinda cheesy and it's not exactly Oscar-worthy, but Tom Selleck is pretty convincing as a struggling major leaguer who is traded to a Japanese team. If you've seen all the new releases (except Thin Red Line, which you should avoid like the plague) and you're looking for something light-hearted and entertaining, this movie is a safe bet. Enjoy.. and GO DODGERS!!! (yes they're struggling now, but i can feel a comeback)
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