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NFT: OMG! Roy struck out!

Doomster : 6/20/2018 10:28 pm
Zipped through the the film playing only the best parts, striking out Whammer, batting practice homers, knocking the cover off the ball, the shot that broke the clock and the 4 homer game, etc.

And then the final at bat....I had my closed caption on, and the first pitch was called a strike.....and the radio announcer called it a strike, too....Roy fouled off a pitch, and then missed a pitch for what should have been strike three.....That first pitch called a strike, it is hard to read the lips of the umpire with the mask in front of his face.....but you can clearly hear the radio announcer in the background saying it was a called strike.....I don't recall ever hearing it this way, but the closed caption on Netflix verified it....
Yeah its a goof  
Jimmy Googs : 6/20/2018 10:54 pm : link
the first pitch in the overall at bat should have been a ball but they scripted it wrong I guess. Since the pitcher was taken out after the second pitch it makes more sense if the count was 2-0 vs 1-1.

good movie nevertheless...
He actually DID strike out in the novel  
Greg from LI : 6/20/2018 10:56 pm : link
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I  
Doomster : 6/20/2018 10:58 pm : link
did not know that!
Yes, Malamud book has him striking out  
Jimmy Googs : 6/20/2018 11:00 pm : link
as he is the tragic hero...
RE: He actually DID strike out in the novel  
jcn56 : 6/20/2018 11:11 pm : link
In comment 13995826 Greg from LI said:
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That he did, and the one f*ing time I wrote a book report without reading the book, it bit me in the ass.
RE: Yes, Malamud book has him striking out  
mfsd : 6/21/2018 12:07 am : link
In comment 13995832 Jimmy Googs said:
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as he is the tragic hero...


Yup, always loved the book as well as the movie. The book ending reminds me of Carlito’s Way...old veteran trying to write a happy ending to his sad story, but a young kid (symbolizing the hero as a kid) gets him in the end.
RE: Yeah its a goof  
GeofromNJ : 6/21/2018 11:11 am : link
In comment 13995824 Jimmy Googs said:
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the first pitch in the overall at bat should have been a ball but they scripted it wrong I guess. Since the pitcher was taken out after the second pitch it makes more sense if the count was 2-0 vs 1-1.

good movie nevertheless...

Would have been a better movie if a different actor had played Roy Hobbs. Redford looked lame at home plate. Not unlike Cooper playing Gehrig.
I enjoy the movie and Redford plays the role well  
Greg from LI : 6/21/2018 11:15 am : link
But you're right about his swing. Laughably bad.

One of the things I always loved about Major League is that most of the actors are credible as ballplayers, with the main exception being Corbin Bernsen. Sheen, Snipes, and Haysbert were all very good in that regard, and Berenger wasn't too bad.

Tom Selleck was the best, though. Mr. Baseball isn't a great movie by any means, but I still enjoy it because it does have some laughs and because Selleck looks like a real ballplayer.
I remember seeing the movie in the theaters  
Essex : 6/21/2018 11:29 am : link
and my parents telling me that in the book he struck out. The following Monday, I went to our local library to just read the last few pages of the book and as a 8 or 9 year old kid was I was devastated to see that my parents were not lying. At that age, I was a fan of the Hollywood ending. As I got older, I think the novel's ending is more appropriate given the trajectory of the novel.
The screenplay writers disagree with you  
pjcas18 : 6/21/2018 11:34 am : link
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Like most umpire calls, the ump's wording of "Ball" on the first pitch isn't obvious until you hear the difference in the first "Strike" call. The count was not 1 and 1 when they brought in the new pitcher, it was 2 and 0.
He strikes out in the book...  
Racer : 6/21/2018 2:42 pm : link
AFTER hitting Iris in the face with a foul ball. Malamud was surely a bit of a prick.
RE: He strikes out in the book...  
mfsd : 6/21/2018 4:59 pm : link
In comment 13996453 Racer said:
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AFTER hitting Iris in the face with a foul ball. Malamud was surely a bit of a prick.


Yup, if memory serves that was the swing when Wonder Boy broke in the book
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