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A series of still photos. Black and white. Ancient.
BABE RUTH SWINGS -- An icon of American history. His giant
upper body balanced delicately on tiny ankles and feet. The
huge bat in an elegant followthrough...
TY COBB ROUNDS THIRD -- The most vicious ballplayer of them
all, a balletic whirling dervish.
JACKIE ROBINSON STEALS ROME -- Yogi Berra applies the tag.
JOE DIMAGGIO WITH HIS SON in the Yankee clubhouse. Walking
down the runway, Joe in uniform. Number five.
A WALL COVERED WITH BASEBALL PICTURES behind a small table
covered with objects and lit candles. A baseball, an old
baseball card, a broken bat, a rosin bag, a jar of pine tar--
also a peacock feather, a silk shawl, a picture of Isadora
Duncan. Clearly, the arrangement is--
A SHRINE -- And it glows with the candles like some religious
We hear a woman's voice in a North Carolina accent.
I've tried all the major religions
and most of the minor ones--I've
worshipped Buddha, Allah, Brahma,
Vishnu, Siva, trees, mushrooms,
and Isadora Duncan...
PAN AWAY FROM THE SHRINE across the room. Late afternoon
light spills into the room, across fine old furniture, to a
small dressing table. A WOMAN applies make up.
ANNIE SAVOY, mid 30's, touches up her face. Very pretty,
knowing, outwardly confident. Words flow from her Southern
lips with ease, but her view of the world crosses Southern,
National and International borders. She's cosmic.
ANNIE (V.O. CONT'D)
I know things. For instance--
There are 108 beads in a Catholic
There are 108 stitches in a
When I learned that, I gave Jesus
But it just didn't work out between
us The Lord laid too much guilt
on me. I prefer metaphysics to
You see, there's no guilt in
baseball...and it's never boring.
ANNIE OPENS A CLOSET DOOR -- Dozens of shoes hang from the
door. She chooses a pair of RED HIGH HEELS, with thin straps.
She sits on a bench and
Which makes It like sex.
There's never been a ballplayer
slept with me who didn't have the
best year of his career.
Making love is like hitting a
baseball--you just got to relax
ANNIE SLIPS ON THE RED HIGH HEELS -- Smoothing her hands up
her calves as she does.
Besides, I'd never sleep with a
player hitting under .250 unless
he had a lot of R.B.I.'s or was a
great glove man up the middle.
A woman's got to have standards.
SHE HOLDS OUR HER LEGS DISPLAYING THE HEELS, side by side.
Like a little girl showing off her new shoes.
The young players start off full
of enthusiasm and energy but they
don't realize that come July and
August when the weather is hot
it's hard to perform at your peak
The veterans pace themselves
better. They finish stronger.
They're great in September.
While I don't believe a woman
needs a man to be fulfilled, I do
confess an interest in finding
the ultimate guy--he'd have that
youthful exuberance but the
veteran's sense of timing...
ANNIE STARTS PACKING A HUGE HANDBAG -- With fruit, an official
scorebook, binoculars, a radar gun, and lipstick.
Y'see there's a certain amount of
"life-wisdom" I give these boys.
Sometimes when I've got a
ballplayer alone I'll just read
Emily Dickinson or Walt Whitman
to him. The guys are so sweet--
they always stay and listen.
Of course a guy will listen to
anything if he thinks it's
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