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(2005)

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Another game filmed for the movie was the September 16, 2004 game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, which Boston won 11-4. The shooting consisted of Drew Barrymore running across the field to where Jimmy Fallon was sitting, near the Red Sox dugout. This was filmed after the game, with about half the crowd staying after to be extras.
The Opening Day sequence was filmed on 4 September 2004 with Stephen King throwing out the first pitch; the Red Sox lost that game, ending a ten-game winning streak and King was blamed for it in the Boston Globe.
Jessamy Finet (Theresa) is an actual, die-hard Red Sox fan who appeared in Still We Believe: The Boston Red Sox Movie (2004), a documentary about the Red Sox's heartbreaking 2003 season. Jimmy Fallon saw the film and convinced producers to cast her for the role of Theresa.
Jimmy Fallon is actually a New York Yankees fan. Born and raised in the State of New York (his character misses a Red Sox-Yankees game to attend a friend's birthday party).
While filming in Toronto, Ontario Canada, Drew Barrymore was asked to throw the first pitch of the game. It barely made it to the plate and she was extremely embarrassed.
Ben has a gigantic replica of Fenway Park's left field wall (a.k.a. "The Green Monster") on the wall of his apartment. In real life and in his apartment, the wall includes a hand-operated scoreboard. The particular game immortalized on Ben's mural is that of Game 3 of the 1999 American League Championship Series, won by the Red Sox over the N.Y. Yankees, 13-1. Before Boston's conquest of New York in 2004 (depicted at the end of the film), the '99 game was one of the most memorable Boston wins in recent memory.
Steve Sweeney was originally slated to be the scalper, but had pneumonia. Peter Farrelly then pulled Ken Rogerson, who was just an extra at the time, over and said, "Your part just got bigger."
On 27 October 2004, Game 4 of the 2004 World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox, the finale of this film was shot. After the last play of the game in the bottom of the ninth during the Red Sox celebration, stars Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon were filmed also celebrating together on the field. A brief shot of the filming could be seen live on the Fox broadcast of the World Series. Rewrites by Peter Farrelly and Bobby Farrelly had to be done immediately following the World Series game 7 clincher of the ALCS against the New York Yankees to include the historic 2004 Boston Red Sox post-season.
The film mentions the long standing story that former Red Sox owner and Broadway producer Harry Frazee traded Babe Ruth in order to finance the musical "No, No, Nanette". While it may have some truth to it, the deal was much more indirect and complex. Babe Ruth was traded to the Yankees for $100,000. "No, No, Nanette" was originally a non-musical stage play named "My Lady Friends". Without the Babe Ruth trade, "No, No, Nanette" would not have been on Broadway.
There is scene in the trailer when Lindsey, while at a game, gets hit with a foul ball. Immediately afterward it shows Ben waving to the camera. The wave is not included in this scene in the movie.
During the flashback to the first game that Ben's uncle took him to we see three actual former 1980 Red Sox players playing themselves. Two are very recognizable star players Dennis Eckersley and Jim Rice. The other is Keith MacWhorter who only pitched one season in the majors. His career record was 0 wins and 3 losses in his 24 game career.
The warm-up jacket Drew Barrymore wears in the film became extremely popular among female Red Sox fans the week before its national release, and was sold out in stores all across New England.
Footage from a game in Toronto, Canada between the Yankees and the Blue Jays on 1 October 2004 was shot for the movie. Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon were present at the game and she threw out the first pitch.
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Erin Nanstad and Dan Cummings are actual, die-hard Red Sox fans who appeared in Still We Believe: The Boston Red Sox Movie (2004), a documentary about the Red Sox's heartbreaking 2003 season. Dan appears in Fever Pitch as a Fenway Park vendor in the 1980s and Erin as a fan.
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Lindsey and Ben have lunch at a restaurant named "Fabrizio". At the time, Drew Barrymore (Lindsey) was engaged to Fabrizio Moretti, drummer in the band The Strokes.
Exactly 17 members from the Boston Men's Baseball League were selected to appear as player extras in full uniform in the film. Filming took place at Fenway Park from September 16-23, 2004 from 5pm to 5am nightly. Included in the cast from the BMBL were: - Boston Athletics: John Howe - Boston Cardinals: Dan Jalbert - Boston Marlins: Andy Katz - Boston Rockies: Dave Mitrou - Boston White Sox: Ryan Gray & Jason Hoye - Cambridge Cubs: Billy Burton & Jamie Waters - Medford Mets: John Collins - North Andover: Paul Laurin - Somerville Senators: Michael Sawyer & Russ Ward - T's Pub Dodgers: Scott Gilefsky & Andy Hickey - Wayland White Sox: Jerry Dawson, Dana Johnson & Steve Wolf
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Ben teaches at East Boston High School, which had served as the exterior for Winslow High School in Boston Public (2000).
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This film is loosely based on author Nick Hornby's autobiographical account of his fanatical obsession with soccer (football in UK) while growing up. Both films focus on a team winning a championship
One of the Red Sox games filmed is the 4 September 2004 game against the Texas Rangers (Red Sox lost 8-6).
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There is an Extended Red Sox edition of the film featuring scenes not featured in the original
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Stephen King threw out the first pitch in this movie. In 1984, Drew Barrymore starred in Firestarter, by Stephen King. And, In 1985, Drew Barrymore starred in Cat's Eye by Stephen King.
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Following the film's release the Red Sox would win the World series two more times in 2007 and 2013
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Following the films release the Red Sox made the postseason in 2005 but lost to the eventual World Series champion Chicago White Sox in the American League Division Series
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During the end credits footage of the Red Sox victory parade is shown
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All the events in the film except the Red Sox 8-7 victory over the Yankees are real
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Throughout the entire film Ben and Lindsay only go to one Red Sox game outside of Boston (Toronto in a deleted scene)
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During the party scene Ben mentions that he was at Fenway when they wheeled out Ted Williams he is referring to the 1999 Major League Baseball All Star Game which was held at Fenway Park
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In the scene where Ben and the guys are in the bar and see members of the Red Sox eating one of them mentions that Ted Williams would roll over in his freezer if he saw this Fever Pitch was released in 2005 3 years after his death
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James Sikking played in two episodes of Charlie's Angels (1977-1979) the t.v. series, Drew Barrymore starred in the blockbuster 2000 movie Charlie's Angels followed up by Charlie's Angels- Full Throttle.
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When Drew Barrymore is in the kitchen talking with her mother there's a plate of 4 cookies, they cut away and come back and the plate is full.
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During the opening day scene one of the fans is seen wearing a Yankees shirt
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The comparison between the 2003 ALCS and the 2004 ALCS that takes place at the end of the film *Both went the full 7 games *Both Game 7's were played at Yankee Stadium
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During the scene where Lindsay's dad is watching SportsCenter the announcer mentions "last October" he is referring to game 7 of the 2003 ALCS where the Yankees Aaron Boone hit a walk off home run in the bottom of the 11th to end the Red Sox season.
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Tessie is heard twice in the film during the opening day scene and during the closing credits.
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Lindsay only goes to 3 Red Sox games with Ben after she is struck by a foul ball she stops going to the games however at the end of the film she is seen attend attending Game 3 of the ALCS (where the Red Sox are 3 outs away from elimination) maybe she fully recovered from her injury.
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Before his retirement after the 2016 Major League Baseball season David Ortiz was the last active Major League player to appear in this film
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Sweet Caroline which is used in the film was sung live by Neil Diamond in 2013 during the Red Sox first game at Fenway since the Boston Marathon bombing
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Ben's apartment his Red Sox memorabilia (with the exception of his toilet paper which has the Yankees logo)
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