A Baseball Movie - Starring Vince Vaughn as Mike Redmond and Justin Timberlake as Giancarlo Stanton
A MLB Film Productions movie
in association with Deathly Squirrel Productions
A film by Keisuke Hoashi
Title: "THE ARMCHAIR MANAGER"
INT. VISITING LOCKER ROOM, CITI FIELD
30 minutes after the Mets' walk-off, 4-3 win against the Marlins, April 7, 2013.
A JANITOR (extra #1) sweeps up in the foreground; two MARLINS PLAYERS (extras #2 and #3), now in their street clothes, give subdued "good byes" to the MANAGER (Mike Redmond, played by Vince Vaughn, VV) as they exit the clubhouse. Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton (played by Justin Timberlake, JT) hides in the trainer's room, wearing nothing but a towel.
JT: (whispering) You can do this, you can do this ...
The Janitor exits the room and shuts off the lights, leaving the manager's office the only bubble of light in the room. Giancarlo steels himself and enters the office just before Redmond leaves.
JT: Hey skip, got a minute?
VV: Giancarlo. I'm just about to leave. Got dinner plans.
JT: Why did you play the infield in?
JT:With one out, runners on second and third, bottom of the ninth with a one-run lead, why did you play the infield in?
VV: We had to cut off the run at the plate. Now if you'll excuse me ...
JT: (blocking the door) The percentages don't add up, skip.
VV: Don't tell me how to do my job, kid.
JT: The percentage play is to walk the bases loaded to set up a force at every base, and to play for the ground ball double play. Cutting the run off at the plate doesn't make any sense in that situation! What you did didn't even play for a tie game, trading a run for an out, and a chance to go into extra innings! What gives, skip? What gives?
(REDMOND doesn't say anything. GIANCARLO's eyes widen in sudden realization.)
JT (con't): Oh my god. You were playing to LOSE, weren't you? You were playing to LOSE! My god! Why, skip? Why?
VV: You've got your whole career in front of you, kid. Hell, you've got your whole life. Me? All I've got is this. And to keep it, I always do as I'm told. Okay? What I'm told.
(REDMOND shoves past GIANCARLO. Intense music begins. Camera cuts to REDMOND's back walking through the dark locker room. Cut to GIANCARLO's face as he intently considers the implications of what his manager has both told him, and NOT told him. )
JT: Oh my God.
COMING TO A THEATRE NEAR YOU HOPEFULLY NEVER.
And that's a cut!