Joe Torre after failing to win a championship when he was a professional baseball player and as Manager to three teams is named Manager of the Yankees. And he finds himself having players ... See full summary »
Joe Torre after failing to win a championship when he was a professional baseball player and as Manager to three teams is named Manager of the Yankees. And he finds himself having players like Dwight Gooden, Wade Boggs and Daryl Strawberry who are considered has beens. And players like David Cone who are ill. But nevertheless thinks he can win with them. At the same he deals with the loss of one brother and another brother battling the same condition that killed his brother. Written by
This strikeout of a movie is an extremely unnecessary perspective of a N.Y. Yankees manager who actually worked more than two seasons under George Steinbrenner. Paul Sorvino does okay, but is still very miscast as Joe Torre. So is the usually great Robert Loggia miscast as his cancer stricken older brother Frank. Such poor acting from everyone else.
We witness how these Yankees, especially Gooden and Cone, are motivated by Joe, but so f'in what? Plus, anyone who lived in the Tri-State area at the time already read countless newspaper articles and watched game broadcasts concerning Joe and Frank's struggle with cancer. No one else cares, so why make it a movie for the entire country? It's an attempt to make your heart soar, but it's more like forcing you to eat a frozen Italian sausage.
The things that left the largest impression in my memory were: Joe's very young & very hot wife, and the Yanks damn fine buffet after each game. Despite those gifts, this baseball movie still sucks.
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