Rookie of the Year: A Classic?

Monday, May 18, 2009

Rookie of the Year: A Classic?

. Monday, May 18, 2009


Evidently people are throwing around the term "classic" liberally

Flipping through the channels on this decidedly boring Monday night (no Cubs, no Hawks - why is it always all or nothing?), I see the Rookie of the Year is on (and will be until 9:30 tonight, if you are bored like me!).  This wouldn't be noteworthy should I have seen it on some second tier station like ABC Family, but it is on AMC.  For those of you unfamiliar, AMC stands for American Movie Classics.  Now, I am a fan of this movie because it is about the Cubs and that's all I needed as a child, but it is a very unwatchable movie.  Daniel Stern is especially cringe-worthy, and every scene he is in makes his role in Celtic Pride seem like Brando in On the Waterfront.  Turns out, I am not the first person to question AMC's definition, as evidenced by this lawsuit a couple of years ago.  That being said, it will always have a special place in my heart, and I will go out of my way to document my fond memories, as witnessed after the jump. 






I found this individual at Justin's Beer Garden after a day game.  He was in high spirits, it being approximately 8 hours after the game ended.  We have documented our amusement by the lame custom jerseys some people wear.  This was the first time I had seen a Henry Rowengartner jersey, so I'm not sure if others have had this brilliant idea.  Either way, I salute you sir!  Especially for your willingness to pose doing the "floater" for me.  Enjoy!



20 comments:

wolfie said...

Wolfie's claim to fame: My high school friend played Becky, Henry's "love interest" in that movie.

Steve said...

holy. shit.

that is pretty amazing. i hope you are still friends with her, as I would love to have her as a celebrity guest on the next bar crawl.

KD said...

That movie's pretty good...but the one I find disturbing in the movie is one Gary Busey. Filmed before he went completely bat shit crazy (as seen on Celebrity Rehab on VH1), he exhibits a bit of a creepy allure...and he has really big teeth. I'm just sayin.

go Cubs!

John said...

I don't suppose you still know this Becky? My interview feature count currently stands at 1.

Steve said...

KD - it's funny you mention Busey.

I, admittedly, watched the movie last night and there is this one scene where they are flying on a road trip. Henry sits next to him and he asks what he had for dinner, to which Henry responds chicken fingers. Then Busey says he had the salisbury steak "the best he ever had." Now, we are to believe that a professional athlete, who at one point in his career was a superstar, just enjoyed the best salisbury steak (already not the classiest of dishes) on an airplane?! this is preposterous.

KD said...

LOL Steve!!!

Now I'm thinking about Gary Busey and salisbury steak.....

thisyearcub said...

It's interesting that the Cubs first baseman in that movie is the same guy who plays the Janitor on Scrubs. He's a definite "that guy." Also, don't know how many 24 fans are out there, but the manager from ROTY was Alan Milliken, who tried to blackmail David Palmer and ended up dead thanks to the evil Sherry Palmer.

Yes, I watch way too much TV.

Steve said...

KD - busey and salisbury steak sounds like the writings of a mad man.

TYC - he was also in Major League and the Fugitive. is the owner of the Cubs the same guy that owns the toy store in Home Alone 2?

thisyearcub said...

Good catch! He was the owner, according to imdb. And yeah, there was actually an episode in Scrubs where they reference the janitor in "The Fugitive." Totally forgot about that.

Also, I would like Neal Cotts to start floating his pitches. Results can't be any worse.

Steve said...

also on imdb: it was nominated for "best fantasy film" by the academy of science fiction, fantasy and horror films.

http://www.imdb.com/Sections/Awards/Academy_of_Science_Fiction_Fantasy_And_Horror_Films_USA/1994

It lost to Nightmare Before Christmas, which is acceptable, but what if it lost to some of the other nominees, such as Hocus Pocus or Last Action Hero. That category was STACKED!!

Jen said...

Whoa, whoa, whoa. First, this post title should read Rookie of the Year: A Classic!Second, it's my newest favorite Steve-ism that the airplane salisbury steak is your biggest problem with the plotline. But I'm with you 100%.

Third, Neil Flynn. Nuff said.

And fourth, Hocus Pocus was on ABC Family this weekend and once again, I laughed, I cried (Binx, of course) and I was terrified. How did that not win!?

I can't believe I was watching the Cards/Brewers game instead of ROTY. Ugh! Next time, give a girl an email.

Steve said...

jen - perhaps the ? was a bit hasty.

that isn't my only problem with the plot. i also noticed the following:

- the head coach of the cubs comes to henry's house for a tryout, and henry has no idea who he is, until his douchebag mom's boyfriend tells him. so we are supposed to believe that this 12 year old is a big cubs fan, and he doesn't know who the hell the head coach is?!

- the owner of the cubs buy 4 hot dogs and gives the vendor a $1. he is evidently $11 short and is outraged that a hot dog costs $3. how does the owner of the team not know what is being charged? i mean, maybe not exactly, but to be that far off ($0.25 vs. $3.00 - thats 1200 percent off) seems ridiculous. also, the fact that the price was $3 back then makes me feel ok about today's prices.

- why the hell is there not another pitcher available?! he clearly can't pitch and you would take your chances with a professional player in your pen. instead, they hatch out a string of trick plays. henry calls the whole team to the mound and has the longest meeting ever and wasn't called by the umpire. additionally, why the hell was it a surprise when heddo comes up to bat third in the last inning? clearly he was in the whole game. piss poor.



wow. this is worse than the time i bitched to john about the critic episode of the simpsons when i was outraged that jay sherman would flee new york to go to springfield to get away from rainier wolfcastle, springfields most prominent actor. surely he would be included in the film festival, no?!

Jen said...

It's been awhile, so forgive me if I'm a tad rusty on the facts.

- OMG. Good point. BUT these aren't normal kids, Steve. They probably don't even get to watch the game on WGN - it's purely 720...while they building a boat from scratch with their bare hands.

- You are totally an accountant.

- Choose an inept 12-year-old instead of a professional relief pitcher? Was Cotts the only available option? And wouldn't his hidden ball trick be a balk anyway?

This is totally worthy of a roundtable discussion. I nominate Major League next.

Steve said...

OH MY GOD. I found a youtube video called "Chet Steadman's Salsbury Steak" !!

I put in the in the "WAIW Video of the Moment" on the right sidebar.

It appears i'm not the only one!

Jen said...

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am reaching to find some sort of a response that will do that video justice but I can't - that's the best thing I've ever seen on the internet (barring a few undisclosed adult websites).

I think a WAIW screening is in order - maybe with a celebrity appearance of "Becky"?

John said...

I agree. Wolfie, get on that. We are perfectly willing to have a ROTY screening at one of the local pubs should we secure a celebrity appearance. Or just grab some girl around our age and tell us it's Becky. We probably wouldn't know the difference.

Steve said...

jen, its weird you bring that up because i was thinking about doing a cubs screening event which would feature such films as ROTY, this old cub, chasing october, etc.

If people are interested let me know. A WAIW film series would be a lot of fun, and ROTY would be the perfect starting point. I can't imagine how fun it would be with a room full of sarcastic cubs fans that are drinking.

vmarsh said...

This whole conversation is cracking me up. I too was confused (yet pleased) when I saw ROTY playing on AMC. And, I must say, that posted Chet Steadman video is top notch. If there is a ROTY screening... count me in.

Steve said...

VICTORIA! it seems like more and more people are interested in this screening. the wheels are in motion. we already will have a sweet abbreviation with WAIW ROTY. Pack your party hats, cause this is happening!

MC said...

Party hats being packed for mom & the aunts.....