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 The Chicago Cubs needed a miracle... they got Henry Rowengarter.

12-year-old Henry Rowengartner is a Little Leaguer who is a little...inept at playing (as in, he inadvertently throws a fielded ball over the outfield fence instead of to the infield). When he breaks his arm trying to catch a fly ball, it seems like another downer for the kid - until he discovers that the tendons in his arm have healed a little too tight, giving him the ability to throw the ball with amazing force.

After a startling demonstration of this newfound ability at Wrigley Field, he is signed on as the pitcher of the Chicago Cubs, where he learns that being a professional baseball player is a lot harder than it looks.


This movie contains examples of:

  "Gardenhoser!"

  • Parental Substitute: Chet Steadman quickly becomes a father figure for Henry.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse - Henry is just a kid, but he can throw fastballs at over 100 miles an hour.
  • Playing Against Type: Gary Busey is neither villainous nor crazy, like 99% of his resume.
  • Precision F-Strike: Mary and Chet get increasingly angry at what they perceive to be the Dodgers pitcher throwing at Henry (despite the fact he's basically outside the batter's box and is so skittish, he falls even if when it's not close to him).

 *Henry takes another dive during a pitch*

Mary: You big ugly piece of--

Chet: SHIT!

  • Shipper on Deck: Henry for his mom and Chet Steadman
  • Shout-Out: The way Henry tries to enter the Cubs' clubhouse is a nod to Dorothy at the gates of Oz.
  • Suicidal Overconfidence: Played with. A man in the stands who failed to throw back a home run gets angry when Henry throws it from the nosebleed section of center field to Home Plate, thinking it was to show him up. He tries to go after Henry, but his friend stops him, saying simply "He'd kill ya" if he tried to fight a kid with such a strong arm.
  • Throw It In: When Henry's mom celebrates Henry scoring his first run, she smacks her head on an overhead light. This was unplanned; Amy Morton legitimately smacked her head on it. You can see her start to mouth "Oh, shit" as the scene begins to cut, which is funny because that scene also contained the film's actual precision "Shit"-strike".
  • Took a Level In Jerkass: Mary's boyfriend Jack goes from a dorky, if well-meaning guy to a complete and total ass as soon as he gets a taste of big money.
  • Try Not to Die: Chet's very brief pep talk to Henry before the latter goes to bat for the first time.

 Chet: Remember, stay low.

Henry: Yeah, and?

Chet: And....don't get killed!

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