Today's flick is the one of the newer movies I'm watching this winter. It was released in the fall of 2012. It wasn't a hit, grossing $36,000,000 on a production budget of $60,000,000. I guess movie goers want to see Clint Eastwood with a handgun, not a radar gun.
Clint Eastwood is a long-time scout for the Atlanta Braves.
But he's getting old and some in the front office wonder if he can still do the job. Clint's good friend in the office John Goodman discovers that Clint is having vision trouble. He's not sure a scout with bad eyes can get the job done.
Clint also has a lawyer daughter, Amy Adams.
Dad and daughter don't have the greatest relationship. Clint's wife died when daughter was only six, and he wasn't much of a father. He sent her to family, and later to boarding school.
There is a hot-shot high school player in North Carolina, Clint's territory. The player is a projected #1 draft pick. The Braves have the second pick. Clint is sent to take a look at the kid, but the front office convinces his daughter to tag along and act as a second set of eyes.
Along they way they meet up with the scout from the Red Sox, the team holding the #1 pick. Justin Timberlake and Adams make a connection.
Does the prospect have the goods to be a top prospect?
Will the Red Sox get him? Will the Braves?
Will Eastwood keep his job?
Will Justin and Amy become a thing?
No spoiler alerts here...you'll need to watch the movie yourself!
It was a nice enough movie, but its more a daddy/daughter movie than a baseball movie. Eastwood is getting old and his performance was just ok. Personally, I just couldn't believe him as a baseball scout. "Go ahead, make my team" doesn't work.
Cubs connection....really slim, at best. Braves and Red Sox fans would have plenty to write about. Me...not much. All I could find was this draft day board in the Brave's front office that lists all of the MLB teams
...including the Cubs, shown as CHC. That's not really much of a connection at all.