Genre: Comedy, Sport
Director: John Warren
Writer: David S. Ward (characters), John Warren
Cast: Scott Bakula, Corbin Bernsen, Dennis Haysbert, Takaaki Ishibashi, Jensen Daggett, Eric Bruskotter, Walton Goggins, Ted McGinley
Gus Cantrell (Scott Bakula) has reached the end of the line. The burnt-out, veteran minor league pitcher has thrown his last fastball; this boy of summer has found himself in the autumn of his career. But before he hits the showers for the last time, his old friend, Roger Dorn (Corbin Bernsen) comes through with an offer. Dorn is the owner of the Minnesota Twins and needs a manager for his Triple-A team, the Buzz of South Carolina. Since Gus is in need of a job, he’s happy to accept.
When Gus arrives for spring training, he is confronted by a bunch of misfits instead of a minor league team – the guys can barely manage an inning without a mishap. But under Gus’ tutelage, the oddballs start slinging mean balls. Pleased and surprised with the team’s winning streak, Dorn summons Gus to Minnesota and goads him into an exhibition game between The Twins and The Buzz at the Metrodome.
When the game ends in an unexpected draw, Gus ups the ante and challenges The Twins to a rematch. This time, it’s on the Buzz’s home turf, with a gamble that can make or break Gus’ career.
Carlos Liston: “Thou shalt not make fun of Carlos Liston or thou will get their asses whipped.”