ANNIE TOUCHES PERFUME BEHIND HER EARS and, ever so slightly,
in her cleavage.
I make then feel confident. They
make me feel safe. And pretty.
ANNIE POSES IN FRONT OF THE MIRROR -- She smoothes her dress
along her hips. And puts on a flashy pair of sunglasses.
Stylish and slightly mad.
what I give them lasts a life-
time. What they give me lasts
142 games. Sometimes it seems
like a bad trade
but bad trades are part of baseball--
who can forget Frank Robinson or
Milt Pappas, for Godsakes!
It's a long season and you got to
ANNIE STARTS FOR THE DOOR and grabs her baseball glove
EXT. ANNIE'S HOUSE -- DUSK
A frame house with porch and lots of trees--a Thomas Wolfe
house...with a 1959 faded red Volvo in the driveway.
ANNIE LEAVES ON FOOT, turning onto the sidewalk of a bucolic,
old Durham, North Carolina neighborhood. In the b.g. other
people are heading the same direction ANNIE PULLS A DURHAM
BULLS BASEBALL CAP from her handbag and pulls it on her head.
I've tried them all--I really
and the only church that truly
feeds the soul--day in, day out--
is the Church of Baseball.
EXT. THE CHURCH -- DURHAM BASEBALL PARK -- DUSK
Now visible In the late afternoon sun, a rickety old stadium
carved into the center of an old Tobacco town.
People are arriving on foot from all around...
"Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley fills the air.
CLOSE ON A BASEBALL CLOWN -- MAX PATKIN, 60, at home plate
doing his famous Bill Haley routine.- A comic pitcher's windup
full of twists and goofy choreography.