This baseball film has a lot to like in it. The ending is particularly satisfying but the overall result just isn't enough.
Wen Billy Heywood (Luke Edwards) loses his grandfather he inherits the Minnesota Twins. He quickly decides to become the manager of the slumping team. When the Twins are winning to the music of "Runaround Sue" the game and the film is fun, pleasant and enjoyable. When the team loses and Billy deals with adolescent problems of growing up, it's a boring TV film.
The Billy philosophy of having fun and forgetting the money gets the team going and produces the best sequences. Most of what is good is similar to The Kid From Left Field with Dan Daley.
Timothy Busfield plays old pro Lou Collins who falls in love with Billy's mother played by Ashley Crow, and causes the melodramatic complications which get in the way of the pure baseball. It's almost a metaphor for the plastic way of baseball today. Even kids find it difficult to play on a sandlot or in the street and baseball heroes are tainted. Director Andrew Scheinman attempts to get the feeling back and succeeds at least part of the time.
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