Summer Catch is a 2001 romantic comedy film directed by Mike Tollin and starring Freddie Prinze Jr., Jessica Biel and Matthew Lillard. The film marked Tollin's feature film directorial debut. The story takes place on Cape Cod, but the majority of the film was shot in Southport, North Carolina.
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|Directed by||Mike Tollin|
|Produced by||Mike Tollin|
|Screenplay by||Kevin Falls|
|Story by||Kevin Falls|
|Starring||Freddie Prinze Jr.|
|Music by||George Fenton|
|Edited by||Harvey Rosenstock|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Box office||$19.7 million|
Ryan Dunne is a local baseball player who dreams of playing in the Major Leagues. He helps his dad with his landscaping business and takes care of Veteran's Field, where his team, the Chatham A's play.
Ryan, in his dedication to making the pros, has sworn off girls and drinking to avoid distractions. This changes when he sees Tenley Parrish, as he and his father are mowing the Parrish family's lawn.
The next day, the A's have their first game of the season where rival Van Leemer shines pitching a shut-out, while Ryan is told to walk the stands for donations. That evening Ryan and Tenley have their first kiss. The next night Ryan is pitching in his first game of the season. The game goes well for the A's until the last inning when Ryan gives up a grand slam, allowing the other team to win the game. Ryan returns home to find his dad drunk and upset about the loss. Later, Ryan visits Tenley where he confides about his rocky relationship with his father and concerns about failing as a baseball player.
Ryan is distracted by Tenley and feels a lot of pressure from scouts, family, the Parrish family, and friends. He is told that he's getting the start for an upcoming big game. The next night, Ryan starts out well, but comes apart later on. The loss causes him to be demoted to the bullpen in a relief position. Despite the bad outing, Hugh Alexander, a scout for the Philadelphia Phillies in attendance, shows interest in Ryan's talent.
Van Leemer is kicked off the team for bad behavior and since Ryan has the freshest arm and the most rest, he is designated to start the final game. Tenley tells Ryan that she's leaving for San Francisco for a job opportunity the following night, which is the night of the final game. She tells him to let himself be great, before tearfully hugging him goodbye. Inspired by Tenley's words of encouragement, Ryan pitches one of the best performances ever seen in the Cape League, dominating the game with a no-hitter, with his friends, dad and brother, and several major league scouts, including Alexander, in attendance. Late in the game, he notices that Tenley has stopped by on her way to the airport to watch him. He proceeds to strike out the current batter, marking his eleventh strike-out of the game, and looks back to see that Tenley is gone. Ryan rushes to the airport where he catches Tenley before she boards her plane. They both profess their love for each other and she agrees to forego her job in San Francisco and stay. Ryan's dad and brother soon arrive with the scout Alexander, to tell him that his team won the game with a combined no-hitter. Alexander offers Ryan a contract with the Phillies that will start him out at their minor league affiliate, which he happily accepts.
In a mid-credits scene, everyone is gathered to watch Ryan in his Major League debut as a starting pitcher for the Phillies. He delivers his first pitch to Ken Griffey Jr., who launches it into the stands for a home run. Phillies players Mike Lieberthal, Doug Glanville, and Pat Burrell, along with outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr., make appearances at the end of the film. Other notable cameos in the movie include Kevin Youkilis, Curt Gowdy, Hank Aaron and Carlton Fisk.
Prinze was reportedly paid $2 million for his performance.
Summer Catch holds an 8% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 91 reviews with the consensus: "A cliched and predictable sports comedy that's mostly devoid of excitement or laughs, Summer Catch is strictly bush-league".
Summer Catch was released on VHS and DVD on December 4, 2001.
The film was also not filmed in New England because the spring season was too cold so the actual production site was in Southport, North Carolina. The Chatham A's baseball field that was used in the film was actually built from a field that had been abandoned for about 20 years. Within about eight weeks the field was complete with batting cages and a press box ready to film. Since the filming of the movie, the field has once again been abandoned and is simply an overgrown field. The majority of the people cast for the roles of the teammates were actual minor-league baseball players. Only seven of the 35 people cast for the roles of the teammates were actors. The baseball players had to attend a four-week training camp during which they learned how to ignore the cameras on the field and to feel and act more as a team. All of the actors had to practice every day.
The 2001 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 72nd playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 10, 2001 at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington, home of the Seattle Mariners of the American League. The American League defeated the National League, 4–1. This was Cal Ripken, Jr.'s 19th and final All-Star Game. It was also the final All-Star Game for San Diego Padres legendary right fielder Tony Gwynn.Cape Cod Baseball League
The Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL) is a collegiate summer baseball league located on Cape Cod in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. Founded in 1885, the league consisted largely of local and regional college players until 1963, when it became officially sanctioned by the NCAA. In 1985, the league moved away from the use of aluminum bats, and became the only collegiate summer league in the nation at that time to use wooden bats. This transition began a period of significant growth in the league's popularity and prestige among Major League Baseball (MLB) scouts, as well as among college players and coaches. The league continues to be one of the nation's premier collegiate summer leagues, receiving significant financial support from Major League Baseball, and boasting well over 1,000 alumni who have gone on to play in the major leagues. During the 2018 MLB season alone, 303 CCBL alumni played on major league teams.Chatham Anglers
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Chatham plays its home games at historic Veterans Field, the team's home since 1923, in the town of Chatham on the Lower Cape. The A's have been operated by the non-profit Chatham Athletic Association since 1963. Like other Cape League teams, the Chatham Anglers are funded through merchandise sales, donations, and other fundraising efforts at games such as fifty-fifty raffles.
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Seven and the Sun was an American rock band best known for their 2002 single "Walk with Me". Their song was used in the TV soap opera Passions and was also featured in the Columbia Pictures film, America's Sweethearts starring Julia Roberts, Billy Crystal, John Cusack and Catherine Zeta-Jones. It received moderate air play on American radio, reaching number 38 on the Billboard Adult Top 40, number 27 on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 and number 40 on the Billboard Top 40 Tracks chart. "Walk with Me" was their only hit.
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Seven Volpone & Wally Brandt have since dedicated their time to their music production company, We3Kings Music writing and producing music for television and film. They have written the theme songs to NBC's The John Walsh Show, Fox's Tru Calling and The Simple Life and ABC's The Two-Timer, NBC's Minute to Win It, Tabatha’s Salon Makeover to Sarah Palin’s Alaska, Dance Moms and Ryan & Tatum: The O’Neals. They have also written cues and promos for several TV shows including NBC's Las Vegas, Starting Over, Access Hollywood and Entertainment Tonight. Their major motion picture credits include America's Sweethearts, Summer Catch and Columbia Pictures feature The Quest and most recently, 20th Century Fox Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days.Southport, North Carolina
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Southport is the location of the North Carolina Fourth of July Festival, which attracts 40,000 to 50,000 visitors annually.Traci Dinwiddie
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Sharing production facilities with its parent publication at Gannett's corporate headquarters in McLean, Virginia, Sports Weekly is printed on newsprint and distributed throughout the United States and Canada. The magazine is regularly published on Wednesdays, though special editions that preview major events (such as the World Series and the Super Bowl) or cover fantasy sports are released several times per year, typically on newsprint of better quality than that used in the weekly editions.Wilmer Valderrama
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