Courtesy of ‘Duk at Big League Stew comes word that the wackiest of all baseball stories — long in development hell — may finally be coming to the big screen:
The Trade, a film that tells the true tale of
2 New York Yankees pitchers who caused a national scandal by swapping
wives in the sexually-free 1970s, has finally hit the big leagues. Ben Affleck has become attached to direct and potentially star in the Warner Bros film . . . Teammates Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich stunned the country when they
disclosed in spring training 1973 that they were trading wives.
Peterson had fallen in love with Susanne Kekich and his teammate fell
in love with Marilyn Peterson. Fritz and Susanne remain a couple till
this day, while Mike and Marilyn drifted apart.
I seem to remember that the reason this movie was held up in the past was that Major League Baseball and/or the Yankees didn’t want to allow filmmakers to use their logos and names and stuff in a movie that would put them in an seedy or unseemly light. That always seemed a bit fuddy-duddish to me. The Kekich-Peterson thing is more silly than immoral, more of a cultural curio than a social threat.
Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius had another fantastic night last night. He went 3-for-3, hitting a home run for the fourth game in a row, had an RBI single and reached base safely in all five of his plate appearances in New York’s 7-4 win over Minnesota.
For the year that gives Gregorius a line of .372/.470/.833, putting him atop the American League in average, slugging, OPS, and OPS+. He also leads the league in total bases (65) and RBI (29). He leads all of baseball in fWAR at 2.2, edging out Mike Trout despite the fact that Trout has played in two more games. He’s second behind Trout in homers with nine.
After last night’s game he insisted that he is not a home run hitter:
“I do have a lot of home runs, but it’s not like I am going out there to try to hit them . . . I’m not a power guy like Judge and Stanton, who hit 50 to 60 and up. Those are the guys who actually hit home runs. One year, let’s say, I hit five — then you ask me where that part went . . . if they go out, they go out. I’m just mostly trying to barrel it up and get a good swing . . . I try to hit line drives and if you check most of my home runs they were line drives,” he said. “It’s not like I am going up to hit deep fly balls.”
Given that he hit 25 homers last year and 20 the year before, he’s being a bit modest, even if he’s not likely to keep up this torrid pace. That modesty is not stopping some people from getting a bit carried away, of course:
We’ll forgive Bob for the hyperbole. Didi has been fun to watch.