Casey Affleck to direct a movie about Josh Hamilton’s life

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Mike Fleming of Deadline reports that a movie about Josh Hamilton’s life story is being shopped around Hollywood, with Casey Affleck already attached as writer and director.

Hamilton’s story certainly contains more than enough drama to be a compelling movie, but a biopic of a still-living 31-year-old seems kind of premature, especially considering his recent alcohol-related setbacks and the fact that he may be leaving the Rangers as a free agent in a few months.

According to the report Hamilton and his wife sold the rights to his story and will be executive producers for the movie, which fellow producer Basil Iwanyk described as having “the mythic quality of The Natural, the faith-based angle of The Blind Side, and the romance of Walk the Line.”

No word yet on who would star as Hamilton. Any suggestions?

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.