The Rookie

Published August 27, 2010

The Rookie

Film info

  • Title The Rookie
  • Director John Lee Hancock
  • Year 2002
  • Run time 1hr 59m
  • Genres Drama, Family
  • Tagline Sometimes dreams come back to life

This live action drama tells the extraordinary real-life story of Jim Morris, who had to drop out of minor league baseball because of an injury to his pitching arm. Twelve years later, inspired by the young men on the championship-winning high school team he coaches, Morris is convinced to fulfil his own dream and try out for a professional team. With perseverance and confidence, he finally steps up to the plate, and after his pitching is clocked in the high nineties, but he is signed to a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He makes it to the major leagues Tampa team in September of 1999.

Live Blog

Time Comment
1:57 It must take ages to collect a big basket of rose petals.
6:49 He might not have a choice in moving, but he has a choice in letting the kid stay with the Johnsons. Whoever they are.
8:39 I’ve just realised that’s homeless Lizzie from friends. Awesome!
13:27 Ooh, suddenly he is a grown up.
18:59 I think I would like a rocking chair.
20:47 That’s the kid from Two and a Half Men. He’s all kinds of cute.
31:30 “I’m not talking about college, I’m talking about wanting things in life.”
33:23 They are so going to win District.
41:49 What is that net thing by the guy throwing the ball? (pitcher?)
42:14 He’s easily talked into throwing. Like calling him chicken.
43:50 See, baseball looks like it could be fun to do, except all that sliding around in the dust.
53:08 I have no idea what’s going on in this game. Should probably learn something about baseball.
53:57 Is it weird that he’s wearing his baseball cap under his helmet?
58:57 The guy behind the batsmen tells the bowler what to do. Kind of like Rob does for Massa.
1:12:34 Do they play baseball in the rain? Sliding around in the mud is even worse.
1:14:50 I think if you blame your dad for everything that’s ever gone wrong in your life, it’s probably not a good idea to ask him for advice.
1:20:24 “I don’t need a man to keep things running,” she says, because she’s a Texas woman. Probably true of all women to be fair.
1:24:22 Did he think it would be super easy just to fit right back in to the swing of things? (Pun intended.)
1:31:26 I love how nicknames appear. He’s called Old Man River because he’s old. They shorten it to River.
1:35:02 Presumably minor league baseball is like not quite being in the Premiership.
1:37:23 He does look terribly old compared to the rest of the team.
1:41:17 I like that the kid is more interested in what a devil ray is than the whole baseball side of things.
1:44:49 Is he playing against Texas, his home team? Oops.
1:47:19 Bah, stock footage again.
1:51:59 How freaking nervous would you be. Oldest guy on the team, first time in the major league, in front of your home crowd.
1:56:17 All the press and media just disappeared! Unlikely.


I don’t know much about baseball and I am usually put off by films about the sport, because they are always something about the coach being injured and then making a go of it, blah blah blah. Well, that’s exactly what this film but I decided to give it the benefit of the doubt.

Aside from the extended baseball sequences, where I had little clue what was going on, this was a nice little tale. It did fall right into that “injured and past it coach does awe-inspiring things” category, but this comes from a true story which makes it just that bit more interesting. The casting is great, with some fabulous performances, so I was happy I watched it.

Rating: 4 / 5

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