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
When the Owls win the championship, the announcer cheered, "Owls win" over and over in an obvious homage to the famous radio call when the New York Giants beat the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1951 playoff game on Bobby Thomson's game winning homer. See more »
When warming up for his first big game Jimmy is shown in the right field bullpen with a large SONIC advertisement behind him. At the Ballpark in Arlington that is the home bullpen. The visitors bullpen is in left field. The movie was probably filmed in the right field bullpen because it is closer to the stands. The visitors bullpen is set far away from the stands, making the scene with his family impossible from this bullpen. See more »
[On the phone with Lorri]
You remember that blue sports coat that I never wear?
Huh? Hold on a second, honey, I'm boiling right now
[Fixes the boiling pot while Jimmy anxiously waits]
Sorry, what about the blue sports coat you never wear?
Could you have it sent out to Arlington for me?
Arlington? But I thought you were in-
[Realizes what he's saying]
You tell me right now, Jimmy Morris!
Well, apparently... there's a dress code in the Major Leagues.
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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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