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The Rookie (2002)

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A Texas baseball coach makes the major league after agreeing to try out if his high school team made the playoffs.

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Jim Morris is a Texas high school chemistry teacher and coach of the school's baseball team. He's always loved baseball and as a way of motivating his players, he agrees to go to a professional try-out if they win the championship. He once had aspirations to be a professional baseball player but an injury brought that to an end. Sure enough, the 39 year-old father of three finds himself at a camp for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and he somehow seems to have regained his pitching arm, easily throwing a 98 mph fastball. Signed to a contract, he toils in the minor leagues while his supportive wife stays home raising their children. He soon finds himself called up to the big club and pitching for Tampa which is in Texas playing the Rangers. Based on a true story. Written by garykmcd

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29 March 2002 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,021,684 (USA) (29 March 2002)

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$75,597,042 (USA) (23 August 2002)
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Jim Morris: an umpire in the Orlando games. See more »

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The newspaper clipping about the Tampa Bay Devil Rays says that the tryout is at San Angelo State University - there is no such university. Angelo State University is in San Angelo, Texas. See more »

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Dave Patterson: Jimmy, how fast were you throwing fifteen years ago?
Jimmy: Slow enough to where scouts stopped using the word "fast".
Dave Patterson: Seriously, how fast were you throwing?
Jimmy: I don't know... 85-86?
Dave Patterson: You just threw 98 miles an hour.
Jimmy: Nawww!
Dave Patterson: Twelve straight pitches, three radar guns. Same thing on all of 'em.
Jimmy: Look, Dave, there's no way...
Dave Patterson: Jimmy, I've been a scout for a long time, and the number one rule is, arms slow down when they get old. Now, if I call the office and tell 'em I got a guy here almost twice these kids' ...
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Spoofs Bull Durham (1988) See more »

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Very good, and true, too...
8 January 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A fine story about following your dreams and actually taking a stab at Doing something about them when the chance strikes. Nothing was easy for Morris either-he had a family, job, job opps elsewheres, a mortgage, etc-it wasn't like he could just drop what he was doing and blithely hop on the greyhound to play AAA ball for 4 months. It took guts. I am glad that they showed his indecision, almost up 'til he got the callup to the majors.

I can remember seeing him pitch against the Red Sox(I think...), it was a great story. Though Morris actually looks more like John Kruk or a Mills Watson than Quaid-that's okay.

Quaid does a very good job playing the man, the teacher, coach and 'oldest rookie'.... As someone who is in the the same age group, I certainly can ID with his plight. You're not Quite too old to do what you had dreamed of as a kid, but it's getting there. You have to do it sooner than lator.

Believably told, nicely edited, paced, acted, good to see the familiar faces of the late Royce Applegate, Brian Cox and Rachel Griffiths here.

Good job all around, glad to see it hit.

*** outta ****...who woulda thought that the Tampa Devil Rays woulda been the subject of such a good movie early on?


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