When I was younger I dreamed of becoming a major league baseball player. Anyone can be a regular baseball player. The independent leagues have tryouts every year and all you have to pay is $50 to have a chance at playing. Of course you still need some skill to make the team but for those first 30 minutes before the tryout organizers tell you to beat it you will feel like a big leaguer. The movie Rookie of the Year took a little bit of a different route to making a boy’s dream come true.
Henry Rowengartner has a dead dad and a lesbian for a mom. We find out she’s a lesbian later on when it’s revealed Henry is using her softball glove. Of course, the softball mitt is the universal symbol of dykedom. Of course, dykedom being the politically correct term for female homosexuals.
Henry isn’t a very good baseball player for his little league team. He falls and hurts his arm. His teammates rejoice because now they may actually win. Not so fast. Henry has surgery on his arm because his dad is dead and probably had a good job where health insurance is covered. Following the surgery he discovers that he can throw a baseball really hard because of the way his shoulder snaps. Yes, he can throw it hard because of this but he shouldn’t be able to throw it accurately. Somehow he can throw it accurately. And that is why Rookie of the Year is less medically accurate than The Human Centipede.
(When I broke my leg my parents told me to get a black cast. That way it would not be obvious I had no friends to sign it)
It’s while at a Chicago Cubs game and he throws a home run from the opposing team back onto the field it’s discovered by the public that Henry has this tremendous ability. Henry is quickly recruited to actually play for the Cubs soon after which made me want to turn the film off immediately because this was what I always wanted to happen to me and it never did.
While on the team Henry faces a lot of adversity because he has the smallest penis on the team. That’s not actually why, but I’m sure at least one teammate of his noticed. The star pitcher for the Cubs is Chet “Rocket” Steadman played by Gary Busey. At no point did Gary Busey pass as a star athlete in this film. I guess he’s supposed to be a bum which Gary Busey passes for much better than a baseball player. Rocket is at first Henry’s biggest deterrent but eventually becomes his mentor. Could it have something to do with touching Henry’s little penis?
(Judging by the mustache choice, this was after Busey’s motorcycle accident)
The film is nothing special in that it follows Henry’s journey between being a popular athlete and trying to be a kid. It was a very overplayed story and there were too many inaccuracies for me to enjoy this movie. The biggest and most glaring to me was when the team’s manager tells Henry how while he was a pitcher in the minor leagues he hit the Cub’s pitching coach played by Daniel Stern in the head which explains why he’s so weird. The thing is, minor league pitchers do not hit. This would lead me to believe Daniel Stern was not a pitcher which makes me wonder how he got a job as a pitching coach. Pitchers are also rarely big league managers which makes me think the Cubs manager was lying. This was probably way too inside baseball for anyone to appreciate it but trust me, you should want to kick your TV screen too.
Eventually Henry learns a valuable lesson about family and he ends up going back to his normal life which was really dumb of him to do because he could have played a few seasons then retired comfortably. I hate when people say you should enjoy your youth. When you’re young and don’t have money there’s not much to really enjoy. Henry’s smart move would be to play baseball until he was in his late 20s then retire and become a porn star. He’d essentially get to live a life with two awesome careers. Why is there no movie based on me? I’d be so much better than Rookie of the Year.
Working title for the re-adaptation: Nookie of the Year
Perfect combination of this film and his stint in the American Pie films.
I WASNT EVEN THINKING OF THAT! Great connection.
This is one of those ideas that is perfect by accident.
I never realized how maddeningly off this movie is until I became a huge baseball fan and actually learned how stuff works. Now, it’s ruined forever. I totally still watch it if I catch it on, though.
Also, totally agree. He could have had an awesome post-baseball porn career. So many puns and cheesy jokes left unmade…
They were such easy things to fix too and they were too lazy to fix them. They should have had the manager hit a line drive off Daniel Stern’s head or something like that. The new movie 42 I want to see mainly because it has Christopher Meloni and Alan Tudyk in it. I know they’re not normally top actors for anyone, but in my eyes they can do no wrong. Plus I doubt it will be as silly as this flick.
The thing that irks me in these kinds of movies is the intended inaccuracies. I mean, come on, if I like to watch inaccuracies I’d pick any fantasy movie or cartoon show which, by how you stated those baseball facts/rules are deliberately ignored, are probably more plausible, content-wise. But if this is a kid’s show…oh well. Kids. *rolls eyes*
I haven’t seen this, but a two thumbs up by Ebert the Weirdo? Heh, it must be worth a watch.
They could have paid some guy $100 to make sure the script was accurate. It bugged me reading the script to a TV show about baseball and seeing typos on player names. It’s little things like that where I will completely check out from the movie watching experience. Well I guess typos don’t really matter. Still, it feels too lazy to me.
Roger Ebert, may you rest in peace. I’m sorry for calling you a weirdo. I am one, too, really.
Please start calling more enemies weirdos.
LOL, nooooooo…bad karma gets back to you. YOU said it.
I never watched this movie. I feel like sports themed kids shows were against my family’s religion or something. None of us were sporty or knew the rules to sports. I guess I watched the Sandlot but that was it. And that doesn’t even really focus on the game of baseball.
I loved the lesbian bit. What is with you and the human centipede? I feel like you need to be in a situation where you’re eating someone else’s poop in order for you to stop focusing on it.
Also, I like how you point out how difficult it would be for him to actually get medical insurance and a cast and everything. However, it was the 90’s and everyone was rich in the 90’s, right?
I just watched The Human Centipede 2 last week. It was really bad. Like not bad in a “it made me feel uncomfortable” way either. It was incredibly boring and poorly done. At least the first one was creepy and scary at times.
I think you’re right about the 90s. Whenever I was sick I would go to the doctors. I never heard anyone complain about medical insurance. Maybe parents were good at hiding the horrors of the world? My knee hurts. I don’t think I’m going to be able to walk by the end of this year. I hate the 2000s.