With the Chicago Cubs preparing for their Game 3 matchup with the San Francisco Giants, a familiar face emerged from the shadows. Well, maybe familiar to those who remember the 90’s.
For those of you who don’t know, the Chicago Cubs had their own movie. Honestly, it wasn’t about the Chicago Cubs in general but a child with a gift. If you’ve already caught on then you know where I’m going with this.
One day, Henry Rowengartner stepped on a baseball, tripped, and landed on his right arm which resulted in a break. Rowengartner headed to the doctor, received a cast and the unexpected happened.
Let’s go ahead and make a quick “comparison” before we move forward. Take a look at Aroldis Chapman. Chicago’s current closer who can clock in at over 103 miles per hour.
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Meanwhile, Henry, who broke his arm, discovered that his injury made him Aroldis Chapman long before we knew who he was. In fact, since I and Aroldis are the same age, the movie came out when we were five years old.
Alright, I feel like I need to speed things up a little. So, Henry loved going to Cubs games with his buddies George and Clark.
To sum things up, Henry launched a pitch from the bleachers all the way to the catcher standing at home plate. Everyone in attendance, even the players, weren’t sure on what just happened.
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But for Henry, it opened the door to become the youngest player in Major League history. Now remember, this is a movie. The Cubs signed Henry who helped lead them to the playoffs but he fell again and his powerful Chapman likeability had gone away.
Despite re-injuring his arm, the Cubs went on to win the World Series. However, it did not show them clinching, just surging past the New York Mets. Near the end of the movie, Henry makes a leaping grab against the Pirates, during a Little League game.
He raised his fist to the air where the camera panned in on a World Series ring. End of the movie, which brings us to the topic of this article. His pitching coach, Phil Brickma played by Daniel Stern, was the comic standout for this game aside from John Candy.
Sure, the kids and Henry’s mother had their moments, but Brickma stole the show. At one point, Phil was getting something out a locker during the Cubs playoff game. Instead of putting something in front of the door, it slammed behind him and locked.
The clubhouse was empty. 23-years-later, Brickma (Stern) surfaces on Facebook talking about how Joe Maddon was interested in bringing him back.
Brickma goes on talking about Hendricks firing pitches, getting a hit then getting hit himself. Followed by Travis Wood, a pitcher, using his hips and launching a solo home run which made it 5-2.
Near the end of the video, he receives a call from what I imagine is the bullpen phone he used in the movie. Someone on the line tells him that there has been a change of plans. He proceeds to mention a plan B but wishes the Cubbies the best.
They’re definitely going to need it, later on, tonight when they square off against Madison Bumgarner.
You can watch the video by clicking here.