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Rookie of the Year 1993

When an accident miraculously gives a boy an incredibly powerful pitching arm, he becomes a major league pitcher for the Chicago Cubs...

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I have a real soft spot for this movie. It was my favorite movie as a kid.

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Rookie of the Year (1993): 7/10

It is kind of funny that I loved movies about baseball when I was younger. I never played the game, except for in Gym, and never really had a passion for it. But films like The Sandlot still held a special place in my youth. I thought Rookie of the Year was going to be the same way, but not so much after watching it again after all these years. I still like the film, but it just didn't seem to hold up as well as I had hoped.

Henry Rowengartner (Thomas Ian Nicholas) has an accident in school which causes him to have his right arm in a cast. When the cast is removed, it is discovered that his injury has healed incorrectly, and this has given him a powerful pitching arm. This talent grabs the attention of the owners of the Chicago Cubs, who want to use Henry as a gimmick to sell tickets.

I like most of the actors in this film, and feel that they do a splendid job with their roles. Gary Busey is wonderful as Chet 'Rocket' Steadman, aging pitcher and idol to Henry. I loved Albert Hall as the teams coach, and got a kick out of hearing him mispronounce Henry's last name. Amy Morton was nice as Henry's mother, and Bruce Altman gave a great performance as Amy's boyfriend and manager to Henry.

I think that Daniel Stern was great with his directing on this film, but not so much with his role of Phil Brickma. I felt that he was an unneeded character who was only there for comedic purposes. And the sad thing is, he wasn't that funny as much as he was annoying. If you could cut around his scenes, I swear the movie would have flowed better.

I like this movie, but not as much anymore. It doesn't compare to films like The Sandlot, but is still a film that I will cherish. Rookie of the Year takes the fantasy of a lot of kids... playing for the major leagues... and shows us what it might be like. That is enough for this critic to enjoy
:rotten: i said it many times...and i'll say it again, the only thing worse than sports are sport movies. this movie is so bad, it makes "superbabies" look like an oscar winning movie.
This past weekend I spent Friday night and most of Saturday at my grandmother's. In the afternoon after the Texas-Nebraska football game was over, I scanned the movie channels and found Rookie of the Year on I think one of the HBOs. Now I've seen it several times, the first time being 13 years ago in the theater when my grandmother took me to see it, and surprisingly she seemed to remember some of it while watching it on tv Saturday, though it's not always clear just what, if anything, she remembers about anything.

When I was 11 or 12 this was one of my favorite movies, but now that I'm 24 and know a ton more about movies and the sport of baseball than I did then, this movie falls into the category of "childhood favorites that seem downright silly when you watch them as an adult". I'd love to read the original script for the movie actually, because it seems that there's a good story that was written but several scenes cut out a lot of the character-building drama before it gets a chance to get going. Maybe part of the blame for that goes to director Daniel Stern, who also plays the pitching coach in the movie. He plays him in his full, exaggerated macho-stereotype, Home Alone-era mode. Watching the other characters and then seeing him appear it's almost like he's out of a totally different movie. His character is supposed to be purely comic relief, but that doesn't mean he's actually funny.

There's other problems with it, like Gary Busey's aging star pitcher character, who's actually the movie's most interesting one, but he feels very underwritten. There's one scene where he's talking to Thomas Ian Nicholas about his pitching troubles, and Nicholas says he's been throwing a lot slower lately and asks him, "Didn't surgery fix your arm?" To which Busey replies, "I don't know what my arm will do if I heat it up again." End of scene. It's so abrupt in how it ends just as you think it's gonna get interesting as the aging veteran who the title character idolizes him that he's not the pitcher he used to be and he doesn't have much left.

And watching it at my age I realize that most of the baseball scenes themselves make no logical sense. In the "big game" at the end, the manager has Henry pitch 3 full innings in relief. I mean, has Joe Torre ever let Mariano Rivera do that? But this manager lets a 12 year old pitcher do it (maybe this is where Dusty Baker was inspired to overwork his real life Cubs pitching staff). And of course it has to end with a showdown with the other team's big slugger, but it's just so laughable how he comes to the plate and everyone reacts with shock, as if there's no such thing as lineup cards and they honestly had no idea he was about to hit. The kid, the manager, and even the broadcaster all have this "Oh crap! Not him!" reaction to him stepping into the batter's box.

There were several amusing things I noticed about it that I hadn't seen before. ESPN columnist Bill Simmons has been known to write out a running diary while he watches classic sports movies like Hoosiers. I think seeing Rookie of the Year again inspired me to do just that someday. I simply must rent this and keep some kind of journal as it goes along. There's so much there to talk about and make fun of, more for the entertainment of baseball fans than movie fans, but it could work for both.

In other news, I went to the dentist today and he recommended I get my 2 remaining wisdom teeth removed soon because one is growing out and is in a spot that makes it hard to clean, and the other isn't growing out but could impact the teeth near it someday. It's been 6 and a half years since I got the other two teeth removed and I'm not looking forward to having to go through it again. But it will have to be done, probably in the next month or so, so stay tuned.
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