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
In real life, after Jimmy Morris' first major league game in Arlington, Texas, he asked Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez to sign a baseball. See more »
While pitching toward the camera at practice at the gravel yard, you can see the ball never leaves Jim Morris' mitt, and once you can see him drop the ball before "throwing" it. (This is done so he doesn't hit the camera.) See more »
Jimmy, how fast were you throwing fifteen years ago?
Slow enough to where scouts stopped using the word "fast".
Seriously, how fast were you throwing?
I don't know... 85-86?
You just threw 98 miles an hour.
Twelve straight pitches, three radar guns. Same thing on all of 'em.
Look, Dave, there's no way...
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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THE ROOKIE (2002) **1/2 Dennis Quaid, Rachel Griffiths, Brian Cox, Jay Hernandez, Beth Grant, Angus T. Jones, Rick Gonzalez, Chad Lindberg. Better-than-anticipated yet predictable true life' account of Texas chemistry high school teacher/baseball coach Jim Morris (Quaid at his most amiable/vulnerable) whose lifetime ambition to play professional ball returns in the form of his dormant fastball and love of his family to fulfill his dreams. Corny in the best ways and fun all around make up for the by-the-numbers connections that ultimately lead to the hero's quest. (Dir: John Lee Hancock)
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