The Phenom

Synopsis: A Major League rookie pitcher loses control over his pitching and is sent down to the minor leagues, where he begins sessions with an unorthodox sports psychologist. In the process, hidden conflicts with his overbearing father are brought to light.
Genre: Drama, Sport
Director(s): Noah Buschel
Production: Bron Capital Partners
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min


So what happened?

- There? Right there?

- Hm-mm. Yup.

The scouting report.

What was that report?

That he's better than

most pitchers at the plate.

Can't lay down a bunt,

can't throw it hard and inside,

because he's got some bad speed.


And instead of an easy out,

like you would have with most pitchers,

you actually had to work for this one.

Hm, maybe that was exasperating to you.

After facing all these good hitters, you

don't even get an easy out with the pitcher.

Is this what you do in here?

I mean, is this... Is this what you do

with players, you review tape?

Is this what we are gonna do all week?

My instructions were to calm you down

for the playoffs.

Yeah, so are we gonna

just watch a tape or...

No, that's what we are doing now.

Tomorrow, it'll be different.

Is that okay with you, man?

- Yeah.

- Yeah.

Yeah, you are the Coach.



You remember anything else specific?

Yeah, I remember I'm about to throw

five wild pitches and

make a fucking ass out of myself

in front of the entire world.

Yeah, I remember that.

Oh, I got that.

But do you remember what you were thinking,

and what you felt in this moment?


I, I heard this guy in the crowd,

he was a vendor. I heard him yell "Coke."

You ever do coke?


What kind of a question is that?

Just flowing with it.

Just keeping it loose... All right,

let's stick with this, uh, soda guy.

That must have been pretty loud

for you to hear it over the crowd.

Yeah, but when I'm focused,

whenever I'm... you know,

I don't even hear the guy next to me.

He could be saying something

and I won't even hear him.

But right before this pitch,

I remember I heard the Coke guy,

I heard little noises in the crowd.

Sandy Koufax said when he lost focus,

he would see the crowd, not the catcher.

- Koufax said that?

- Uh-huh.

- Really?

- Yeah.

You are not the first pitcher

to have this problem, you know, man.

- Yeah, I know, Howard Glass.

- You're not so special.

- I know Howard Glass had this, right?

- Mm.

And he started throwing, he threw strikes.

Woke up one day, couldn't throw

any strikes, never threw again.

Ah, a lot of pitchers struggle

with control when they are young.


Hey, he killed himself, right?

He hung himself.

- Hm-mm.

- You didn't work with him, did you?

No, not really.


Is there a name for what he had?

Yeah, there's plenty of names

but I don't subscribe to any of those.

Why not?

Don't want to legitimize it.

This is a passing thing for you.

And you give it a name,

it might wanna stick around.

- Yeah?

- Mm.


All right.

Well, I think we are about

out of time for today.

Do you have any other question

you want to ask me, though?

Do you prescribe medication in here?

What's the problem?

I, uh...

I haven't slept in like three days.

I don't sleep so good,

you know. I mean I can,

but I have these bad dreams, so I don't.

Need something to knock me out maybe.

Let's try and see if we can handle that

without meds for now.

- Okay.

- Okay?

All right. Fine.

Also, I'll tell you my memory

is a little bit foggy.

I don't remember things so well.

Um, you know.

Memory is a funny business.

And sometimes we fog over the past,

because of damage.

You know, like in the old movies when

they put Vaseline on the camera lens

to make the faces prettier

and softer, you know?

Yeah, I'm not damaged.

I mean I'm not damaged at all.

Some things I remember very clearly.

- You know?

- Okay.

- But some things I don't.

- Okay.


This is a kid who comes into

the game with six wins, no losses,

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Noah Buschel

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