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15th Oct '16 4:00:35 PM eroock
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A 2002 film featuring Dennis Quaid as real-life former pitcher Jim Morris who began his pitching career at the late age of 35 for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Morris, a high-school chemistry teacher and baseball coach when the movie opens, is a former Major League baseball prospect whose injuries sidelined him. In an effort to inspire his team to victory, Morris makes a bet stating he will try again to make it into the Majors if his team wins Regionals. So when they do just that, Morris has no choice but to keep his end of the bargain and pursue his dream. Along the way, Morris must come to terms with his past life and an non-supportive father who never appreciated his ambitions.

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A 2002 film featuring Dennis Quaid Creator/DennisQuaid as real-life former pitcher Jim Morris who began his pitching career at the late age of 35 for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Morris, a high-school chemistry teacher and baseball coach when the movie opens, is a former Major League baseball prospect whose injuries sidelined him. In an effort to inspire his team to victory, Morris makes a bet stating he will try again to make it into the Majors if his team wins Regionals. So when they do just that, Morris has no choice but to keep his end of the bargain and pursue his dream. Along the way, Morris must come to terms with his past life and an non-supportive father who never appreciated his ambitions.



* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Jim is played by Dennis Quaid in the film; looks [[{{Understatement}} a bit different]] [[http://awesomestories.com/images/user/778d44c209.jpg in real life]].

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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Jim is played by Dennis Quaid Creator/DennisQuaid in the film; looks [[{{Understatement}} a bit different]] [[http://awesomestories.com/images/user/778d44c209.jpg in real life]].
20th Nov '15 2:21:08 PM Mdumas43073
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Not to be confused with the 1990 Creator/ClintEastwood film of the same name.
24th May '13 12:36:31 AM HarryLovesHermione
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Jim is played by Dennis Quaid in the film; looks [[{{Understatement}} a bit different]] [[http://awesomestories.com/images/user/778d44c209.jpg in real life]].
10th Dec '10 7:58:47 AM RatOfSteel
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* CelebrityParadox: Immediately after the scene where a smiling Morris tells Brooks "You know what we get to do today, Brooks? We get to play baseball.", there's a scene where Morris is pitching his third strikeout for a Triple-A ball team. The real Jim Morris is the red-shirted home plate umpire.

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* CelebrityParadox: Immediately after the scene where a smiling Morris tells Brooks "You know what we get to do today, Brooks? We get to play baseball.", there's a scene where Morris is pitching his third strikeout in a game for a Triple-A ball team. The real Jim Morris is the red-shirted home plate umpire.
10th Dec '10 7:58:03 AM RatOfSteel
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* CelebrityParadox: Immediately after the scene where a smiling Morris tells Brooks "You know what we get to do today, Brooks? We get to play baseball.", there's a scene where Morris is pitching his third strikeout for a Triple-A ball team. The real Jim Morris is the red-shirted home plate umpire.


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* TheCaseyEffect: Played straight when the Owls win the district championship, since it comes down to their pitcher getting a strikeout in the bottom of the last inning. Averted at the end of the movie with Morris's major league debut, since he was only brought into the game because the Devil Rays were losing badly. This counts as an aversion rather than a subversion because the point of the second half of the movie wasn't to show Jim Morris being successful as a major league baseball pitcher, but simply achieving his lifelong dream of becoming one.
21st Nov '10 10:30:28 PM fazander93
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! This film provides examples of:

* BigGame: More than one actually, as this includes the High-School Regional Final and Morris' First Major League game
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: When Morris comes out after his first MLB game and sees the entire town waiting for him
* OpposingSportsTeam: The team the Owls play against in the Regional Final, complete with JerkAss power hitter
* RedemptionQuest: Morris' quest is to fulfill his life's dream and, perhaps subconsciously, win his father's support
* WellDoneSonGuy: Much of Morris' lack of self-motivation comes from his father who never took an interest

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! This !!This film provides examples of:

* BigGame: More than one actually, as this includes the High-School Regional Final and Morris' First Major League game
game.
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: When Morris comes out after his first MLB game and sees the entire town waiting for him
him.
* OpposingSportsTeam: The team the Owls play against in the Regional Final, complete with JerkAss power hitter
hitter.
* RedemptionQuest: Morris' quest is to fulfill his life's dream and, perhaps subconsciously, win his father's support
support.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Much of Morris' lack of self-motivation comes from his father who never took an interestinterest.

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