The Baseball Gods must fix their decades-old mistake that ended a promising young pitcher’s career by intervening at key points in his life to ensure “everybody gets what’s coming to ‘em.”
The Baseball Gods made a mistake?
Supernatural supervisors Goldy and Karma must set aside their failed romance and fix their decades-old error that ended Dan’s promising college baseball career. Harnessing their Earthly experience as an insightful pitching veteran from the Negro Leagues and a feisty softball catcher, Goldy and Karma use “meaningful coincidences” to intervene at key points in Dan’s life to realign his destiny and repair his dysfunctional relationship with the game.
With Dan’s dream of playing pro ball crushed, he walks away from baseball wondering if he was ever good enough. Thanks to a nudge from Goldy and Karma, Dan returns to the game in an adult league, reminding him of his passion and love of the game, but it also awakens a fiery combination of competitiveness and frustration at being a “coulda-been.”
This inner conflict creates tension with his wife Bev, who playfully names his on-the-field alter ego “Baseball Dan” to help him learn to love the game unconditionally. Dan’s competitiveness also strains his relationship with college teammate and lifelong friend Alonso, who shares Dan’s passion for the game but plays for fun as a welcome distraction from the stresses of everyday life.
As Goldy and Karma sort through these issues, they also wrestle with their guilt and how to forgive each other and themselves for their role in Dan’s career-ending injury. They’re also given additional responsibility of training Earl, a clumsy Baseball God who is failing to master the heavenly processes and tools to ensure the Baseball Gods’ mantra: make sure everybody gets what’s coming to ‘em.
Eventually, Goldy, Karma, and Earl devise a plan for the 51-year-old Dan to start on the mound for a professional team in the Pecos League against 23-year-old studs. Can he heal his relationship with the game and finally believe he’s “legit” on the field and in his own heart and mind?
Anyone living with regret will understand the Baseball Gods’ quest for redemption, and those with an unfulfilled dream – especially due to bad luck – will identify with Dan’s struggle to make peace with his passion and discover that age doesn’t have to be a barrier, it’s just a number.
The Dude Is Legit! was a winner in four recent industry screenplay competitions.
Zepstone Film Awards 2023
Best Original Screenplay
Cordillera International Film Awards 2022
Best Feature Script - Finalist
Orinos Film Awards – New York 2022
Best Feature Script
INFLUX Film Awards 2022
Best Long Form Screenplay
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