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
The scenes depicting Jim Morris trying out for the majors were filmed in Taylor, TX at the former Taylor High School, now the Main Street campus. This location was a stand in for Angelo State University where the tryouts were supposed to have been held. Taylor is about 15 minutes west of Thorndale, TX which stood in for the town of Big Lake, TX and is 15 minutes east of the Dell Diamond where most of the minor league games depicted were filmed. The Round Rock Express, a AAA farm team for The Texas Rangers, plays their home games. See more »
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 »
[interviewing Jimmy after his first major league game]
What pitches did you throw to get that strikeout?
Fastball, fastball, and
How did it feel, pitching in the major leagues?
Just like I hoped it would.
[to the reporters, seeing his father through the TV lights]
Can you excuse me?
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The 2 nuns are walking on Jimmy's (Dennis Quaid) field as the film ends See more »
Starring: Dennis Quaid, Rachel Griffiths, and Angus T. Jones.
A science teacher in his late thirties decides to follow his dream...playing professional baseball. The team that he coaches makes a bet that if they win the championship, then he must try out for pro baseball. Well guess what happens? Yep, you guessed it. I can't exactly tell you the rest, but you'll love it.
The film has a lot of heart that keeps this movie going and going. Quaid portrays a wonderful performance as Jimmy Morris. Everyone else is perfect, and his is definitely on the top 10 of 2002. It's Oscar material all the way and deserves whatever it gets.
What's also good about this is that it can be a great movie with no bad language or anything. That's a sign of great writing.
Highly recommended to everyone, but very highly recommended to families.
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