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(2005)

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Anachronisms 

Right before the scene where Lindsay gets hit with the ball, the legend on the screen says it's July. The ball Miguel Tejada of the Orioles hits into the stands, which hits Lindsay, is thrown by Mike Myers of the Red Sox. Mike Myers wasn't picked up by the Red Sox until August 6, 2004.
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In a scene set in 1980, Uncle Carl's car shows a modern Massachusetts emissions sticker on the windshield.
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The banners hanging outside Fenway with dates of World Championships on them were not there in 1980.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

During the party scene we hear the song "O Babe, What Would You Say" By Norman 'Hurricane' Smith. The saxophone player at the party seems to be playing but it is the sax solo from the original song that we hear.
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Continuity 

When Lindsey is talking to her mom in the kitchen, there is a plate on the counter with only four cookies on it. In the next shot, when her mother picks up the plate to offer some to her, the plate is full.
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When Ben and Lindsey are having their BBQ in the park, Ben is holding his cup in his right hand. Change angle on shot, and he is gesturing with his right hand, now empty. Change angle, it's back again.
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When Lindsey gets to her seat, at the game in which Ben is selling his tickets, Johnny Damon is clearly in center field, as it is the top of the 9th, and the Red Sox are on defense. However, when she looks through the binoculars, the first base coach is from the Red Sox, and the first baseman is a member of the Yankees, meaning the Yankees were playing defense, and the Red Sox were batting.
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When the ball is fouled off by Miguel Tejada and hits Lindsay, the pitch is a left-handed submarine pitch. During the late news, it is a regular left-handed pitch.
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After Ben intercepts the pass when playing football, there's a player in an orange shirt in front of him. In the next shot, the player in the orange shirt is behind him.
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When Lindsey goes to Ben's apartment after returning from her parent's house, they go into his bedroom where Ben gives her the Red Sox jacket. In first few shots of her wearing it, the American flag is visible on the front of her right shoulder. However, for the rest of the scene, the flag is not visible at all.
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When Lindsay buys tickets from the scalper, he says they are only sold in pairs. If the tickets were for two, there should have been an empty seat beside Lindsay. Even though Lindsay ripped up one of the tickets, when she finally got to her seat, there were no empty seats anywhere around her.
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The foul ball that hit Lindsey was pitched by Mike Myers, who was shown on screen using a sidearm delivery. The Sportscenter replay clearly shows an overhand delivery.
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When Lindsey is talking to her mom at her parents house the plate of cookies only has 4 cookies then when it goes back to her mom the cookie plate is full when Lindsey takes a handful before she goes in and sits with her dad.
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When Lindsey is talking to her mom in the kitchen, you can see a glass of beer by a plate of cookies. In the next shot the glass is gone then it reappears in the next shot beside the coffee pot.
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When Ben tells his class there will be a test next week, the pen and paper on the desk of the kid with the broken arm move between shots.
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While they eat their first meal together, when Ben is taking a message on Lindsey's cell phone ("this is Ben her house boy/sex slave... call your mother") Lindsey's hands change places from under her chin to her lap between camera angle changes.
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When Ben drives Lindsay home from the airport, Lindsay is wearing a beige top under her jacket, but as the scene progresses, her top goes from beige to a red and white striped top, and changes back and forth.
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When Lindsey gets hit with the foul ball, she is holding a laptop computer. In the replay on Sportscenter the laptop is nowhere to be found.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Reflected in Troy's sunglasses at the game where Ben is explaining how the team was a second family.
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Errors in geography 

The narrator says that at Ben's first game at Fenway Park in 1980, Dwight Evans hit two home runs. Evans did have a two-homer game in 1980, but in Minnesota, not Boston.
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Lindsay's office is first shown to be in the John Hancock Tower (big blue glass building), but towards the end of the film it's shown to be in the Prudential Tower (which has "GO SOX" lit up in the windows).
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Factual errors 

There is a scene in which we find out the Red Sox have scored eight runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat the Yankees 8-7. During the 2004 season, no such game occurred.
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The Park scene, according to City of Boston Park rules and regulations, could not legally exist. Ben says in his 'list of things I like about you' Lindsey drinks in the middle of the day, inferring that there is liquor in her cup. According to Section 1 Subsection G 'No person can have in his or her possession intoxicating liquor'. Also Ben is having a BBQ, according to Section 3 Subsection J 'No person can make a fire'.
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When Ben attends his first game in 1980, as he and his uncle walk up the ramp and sit down, the score board on the Green Monster changes from the old version (AL scores only) at Ben's first glance, to the newer version (including the NL scores) faintly visible behind batting practice players and back to the old version.
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When it is opening day at Fenway they are playing the Texas Rangers but the announcer calls Rocco Baldelli to the plate. Baldelli was with the Texas Rangers at the time.
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During game 4 of the ALCS while it is showing Ben, in the background we can hear an announcement for the Yankees' John Olerud. Olerud did not play at all during that game.
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When Ben asks Lindsey to opening day, his ticket says Tuedsay April 11. April 11 was a Sunday in 2004. Also, opening day was not on a Tuesday, it was on a Friday.
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Boston didn't play Texas at their home opener, the played Toronto.
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When Ben goes to his first game, during batting practice they show the second baseman wearing number 14. In 1980 number 14 belonged to Jim Rice. Jim Rice is black, the second baseman is white.
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During game 4 of the ALCS, the stadium announcer can be heard to introduce John Olerud. However in reality Olerud injured his foot in the previous game and missed the remainder of the series.
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In the scene where it is revealed that the Yankees officially clinch the division, the "F" indicating the final score goes up from inside the hand operated scoreboard while an inning is in progress. At Fenway Park, the out of town scores are changed between innings from the outside and only between innings.
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In the park scene when Ben asks Lindsay to go to Opening Day with him, there are leaves on the ground indicating fall. However, we are told in the prior scene that it is March.
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After Lindsay is hit with the foul ball, they watch the replay on SportsCenter. The announcer says Miguel Tejada (the Baltimore Oriole's Shortstop) hit the foul ball. But on the clip, the batter is white. Tejada, who is from the Dominican Republic, is dark skinned.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Lindsey is looking through the binoculars, she appears to look through them backwards, with the smaller "eyepiece" facing outward. She is actually looking through them correctly. The particular binoculars are a compact style that uses a reverse Porro prism design, which allows the objective (outward) lenses to be closer together. When she has them in her hand, you can see rubber eye cups on the end she holds to her face.
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When Lindsey is running across the field, it appears that she throws her purse at a security member. Seconds later she runs around Johnny Damon and her purse is back in her hands for the rest of the scene. However, she actually takes Damon's glove and throws that at a security member, not her purse, which correctly stays on her arm during the entire scene.
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While it is believed that blocking tape is visible in the shot at Robin's birthday party where Ben doing the worm, it is actually a floor plug.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the first scene when young Ben walks into Fenway Park, Jim Rice and Dennis Eckersley are clearly their 2004 selves, and look considerably different than they did in 1980.
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In the Opening Day scene when they're getting into their seats, look at the upper right hand part of the screen and you'll see the dummies they're using to act as seat fillers.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Factual errors 

In addition to incorrectly showing Lindsey's dash across the field on TV, she is shown from a handheld camera that must be *on* the field. There would be no such TV camera on the field during a game, only after the game has ended.
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Factual errors 

The final scene when Lindsay runs across the field is ripe with errors. First, the broadcast would not have shown her on TV (networks do not show streakers to discourage people from doing it). Next, the security guards would never have let her reach the home plate stands, let alone stand and talk to Ben. Finally, the Green Monster scoreboard clearly depicts the top of the fifth inning against Tampa Bay - not the 9th inning of game 4 of the ALCS, when the scene takes place.
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