One day, Henry breaks his arm trying to catch a fly ball and has to wrap it in a cast. Once the arm is healed, the doctor removes the cast and discovers Henry’s tendons have healed “a little too tight,” thus enabling Henry to cock his arm back and fire it forward with incredible force……
Henry earns a tryout at his home, and his fastball is regularly clocked in excess of 100 MPH. The Cubs sign him, making him the youngest-ever major leaguer. Henry’s mother’s boyfriend, Jack (Bruce Altman), whom Henry dislikes, signs on as Henry’s agent. Henry is awestruck to be in the presence of some of his heroes, including his idol Chet “Rocket” Steadman (Gary Busey), an irascible pitcher in the twilight of his career…….
To remain the Ace pitcher in the Cubs’ rotation and go down as one of the greatest starters in team history.
Veteran, tough, grinds out games, allegedly knows baseball, loves Salisbury steak, determined
Has a thing for teammates moms, is a moron at times, out of shape, can’t accept his dying career, butts heads with management, quits his team before the playoffs, gives horrible advice, orders Salisbury steak on planes
Scenes that didn’t make sense:
The “have to” speech:
To this day, I still have no idea what Steadman was trying to tell Henry. I understand the idea of the situation. A veteran pitcher tries to give the rookie player advice he doesn’t have and ends up confusing himself and Henry. But I feel like it could have been easier/funnier to come up with something else than the “have to”. Or was it “have-ittude”? Not only is this scene not funny, but it still confuses the shit out of anyone watching it.
As Mr. Steadman is blowing the lead in a crucial game with the playoffs on the line, the manager threatens to take him out. With runners in scoring position, and the count not in his favor, he mouths over to his manager “One…more”. Not only did Steadman say these words at an incredibly low volume in a stadium that is going crazy late in the game, but he doesn’t even mouth the words good enough for his manager who is more than 90 feet away to see. Oh, and on that “one more” pitch, Steadman ripped apart everything in his shoulder. You deserved it Chet.
His love for Salisbury Steak:
Heading to an away game on the plane, Steadman orders one of the best meals he has ever had. According to him of course. That meal you ask? Airplane, microwaveable Salisbury steak. A plane ride to Detroit only goes best with frozen Salisbury steak. Everybody knows that. Steadman gives the infamous quote regarding his meal, “This is the best Salisbury steak I’ve ever had”. You can tell Gary Busey wanted that line in there, because he probably is an avid Salisbury steak eater. The producers had a choice, put the line in there or find a new Chet Steadman. They made the right decision.
When it boils down to it, Steadman is a washed up pitcher who really knew absolutely nothing about baseball. Looking back on it, it’s truly a miracle he made it past the collegiate level with the amount of baseball knowledge he has in his brain. Not only that, but his fastball topped out at around 73mph on the gun. Blazing stuff. But you have to hand it to Chet. He made the most out of having a pre- pubescent boy as a teammate. He banged his mom. And because of that, you’re OK in my book Chet.
Maybe the best character of this movie-