FEBRUARY 24: Joe Manganiello (L) and Sofia Vergara attends the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Woods Blog

Movie Review - Bottom of the 9th

Steve Woods
August 12, 2019 - 8:41 pm

I'm not sure what inspired me to rent this movie on iTunes last night. Probably the title?  Maybe Sofia Vergara?  At any rate, I think I may have found the worst baseball movie ever?!

I'm hesitant to just completely crap all over anyone's creative outlet. Somewhere there's a guy who wrote it.  Is proud of it.  Believes in it.  But it's SUCH a farfetched story, especially in this current state of the game.  

Without giving TOO much of the movie away, I'll tell you this:  a 19 year old Yankees prospect goes to jail for manslaughter, emerges 19 years later at 38 years old, and almost immediately finds that his ability to hit a baseball has miraculously remained.  In one scene, you hear the minor league manager telling him that "Cashman has taken notice," which is completely insane because 28 year olds barely get looks from big league teams these days, much less 38 year old convicted felons.

Please understand that I'm usually able to find some good in almost any movie about baseball (except Fever Pitch), but this one was just so overwrought and cliche.  Also...why is it SO hard to find actors that look like they've played baseball at some point in their lives?  Seriously...it's got to be the hardest thing to fake in a movie and it just jumps off of the screen at you when you see these so called minor leaguers fielding, hitting, and throwing.  

Save your $6.99.  Trust me.