Film / Little Big League

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The Dream of Every 12 Year Old Kid

Joey: You should start Webman. He always beats the Rangers.
Billy Heywood: He always beats everybody. That's why he's 3-7.

A 1994 baseball film written by Gregory K. Pincus and directed by Andrew Scheinman. Young 12 year old Billy Heywood (Luke Edwards) is granted control as owner of the Minnesota Twins by his grandfather, who died and who owned the team. Billy initially struggles to relate and find his footing but soon rallies the team into a do or die game to make the playoffs against the Seattle Mariners. Also starred Timothy Busfield, John Ashton, Dennis Farina, Kevin Dunn, and Jonathan Silverman.


Examples of Tropes

  • Artistic License – Sports: Subverted. Billy and his assistants are well aware of the rule the prevents team owners from also being the manager, but they manage to convince the Commissioner of Baseball to ignore it and allow him to take the job anyway (partly because they can't find a grown man who wants to work for a kid).
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: How Billy wins over the reasonably skeptical front office in claiming the managerial spot. He asks Mac to give him a hypothetical late-game scenario vs. the Yankees, complete with who has home-field, who's pitching and warming up, and where the Twins are in the lineup, then proceeds to dismantle Mac in how to proceed through the inning, noting that Mac's strategy actively hurts their chances to win.
    Billy: I'd let Lou hit away. With Mattingly holding Scales, he's got that big hole to hit to.
    Mac: No, see, that's what I'm talking about. It's lefty-on-lefty, Lou's a great bunter, you only need one run, you sacrifice the runner to second with only one out.
    Billy: No; sacrifice him to second, they walk Monty and bring in Steve Farr to pitch to Spencer, so you've taken the bat out of the hands of our two best hitters, our 3-4 men, and we have Spencer, a righty with no speed, against Farr's palmball, which means—
    Mac: Double play. [thinks] You could pinch-hit for Spencer—
    Billy: Now you've taken the bat out of our three-, four-, and five-hitters; not exactly a great trip through the heart of our order.
    Goslin: Any questions, Mac?
    Mac: Yeah; what does he need me for?
  • Big Game - Happens when the Twins square off against the Seattle Mariners in a tiebreaker for the final playoff spot.
  • *Bleep*-dammit!! - Happens to Billy as he's cussing out an umpire, complete with his mother learning from said umpire exactly what Billy said to his face. Billy suspends himself (aka is grounded) a game as a result.
  • The Cameo - Many from baseball including: Ivan Rodriguez, Ken Griffey Jr, Lou Piniella, Mickey Tettleton, and Randy Johnson.
  • Cavemen Versus Astronauts Debate - Occurs late in the movie over what is implied as a relatively simple math problem.
    Billy Heywood: If Joe can paint a house in three hours and Sam can paint the same house in five hours, how long will it take to paint it together?
    Mac: Now wait a minute, you never said this was a word problem.
  • Child Prodigy: Billy possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of baseball history and statistics as well as an understanding of complex strategies not typical of a normal 12 year old.
  • Deadpan Snarker - Billy is a pretty good example of this towards his friends and players at times.
  • Death Glare - Blackout Gatling gives Billy one of these when Billy tries to pull him out of the game.
  • Downer Ending - A bit of an inversion of what was typical of kids sports films at the time.
  • Face–Heel Turn - Ken Griffey Jr. and Randy Johnson were very popular MLB players but were turned into the villains since the Twins had to win or they would miss the playoffs.
  • Fish out of Water - Billy is largely considered this, initially anyway, by his ballplayers due to the fact that he's only 12 years old.
  • Glamorous Single Mother - Billy's mother can come off like this to viewers as there are never any mentions of struggles financially or otherwise. Of course, her father is rich enough to own the Twins so he probably helps her out.
  • New Meat - Mickey Scales is a young rookie call up for the Twins and earns scorn from the veterans when he exclaims approval of Billy taking over as manager.
  • Old Cop, Young Cop - Mac and Billy have a baseball-ized variation on this one although Mac is more willing to help Billy out as manager.
  • Parent with New Paramour - Happens between Billy's mother and baseball player Lou Collins.
  • Reverse Psychology - A favorite and often utilized tactic by Billy to get players in slumps/struggling to try and improve.
  • Smug Snake: Griffey, who boasts that he's gonna steal every base, and winks at Billy during a home run trot.

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