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The Winning Cubs (06/12/2007)

released: Jun 12, 2007

description: Jimmy McDuff sits in the stands of Wrigley Field, watching his beloved Cubs play and fantasizing about his ideal game. He wakes in the stands, alone, to find the Cubs have lost. He rides his bicycle to Dawson's Nursing Home, where his grandfather regales him with baseball talk from back in the day.

Meanwhile, in Wrigley offices, William Wrigley is presented with a plan by Trenton D. Foxworth. Foxworth informs him that morale is low, and the best way to improve it is with a dedicated new mascot. He shows him video of 11-year-old Jimmy alone in the stands, and says this may be just what they need. Wrigley tells Foxworth he has two weeks to show that this mascot will turn the team around.

Foxworth waits for Jimmy outside his school, and once Jimmy is convinced he is not a pedophile, he agrees to go with him and become the new Cubs mascot. At his first game, Jimmy takes a moment to savor the empty ball park, and then, as the game begins, throws himself completely into dancing on top of the dugout. Reaction from the crowd and the players is immediate and intense. The Cubs are inspired and begin an upswing.

Foxworth takes Jimmy down to Michigan Ave. and informs him he will be using his skills to convince people to come to the game. As Jimmy begins an impassioned speech about watching baseball with his grandfather and believing in the Cubs, and CNN van happens to drive by. The CNN crew is instantly drawn in, and broadcasts Jimmy all over the world, from New York to Tokyo. Everyone catches Jimmy's innocent enthusiasm, and when the Cubs face the Mets in the Wild Card.

On game day, Wrigley Field is packed, and Jimmy is throwing his all into dancing. The Cubs are ahead when Jimmy slips and falls headfirst off the dugout. They take him into the locker room, where they are informed both his legs are broken. The players refuse to go on without Jimmy, and the Mets pull ahead 7 to 6.

The crowd is growing restless and upset when suddenly, two hands appear at the top of the Cubs dugout. As the crowd anxiously watches, Jimmy pulls himself up to the top. He has splinted both his legs with baseball bats and duct tape, and he is determined to help the Cubs win. Rejuvenated, Mark Prior takes the plate with a player on first, and hits a home run. The Cubs win 8 to 7, thanks to Jimmy.

cast & crew:

Directed by . . . Jason Chin
 
Aramis Ramirez . . . Colleen Breen
Bob Brenley . . . Michael Johnson
Christine . . . Kristen Studard
CNN Anchor . . . Amy Verdon
CNN Boom Mike Operator . . . Mel Evans
CNN Truck Driver . . . Kristen Studard
Cubs Fan #1 . . . Amy Verdon
Cubs Fan #2 . . . Colleen Breen
Cubs Fan #3 . . . Jorin Garguilo
Cubs Fan #4 . . . Kristen Studard
Cubs Fan #5 . . . Mel Evans
Cubs Fan #6 . . . Michael Johnson
Florence . . . Amy Verdon
Grandpa McDuff . . . Michael Johnson
Jimmy McDuff . . . Sean Kelley
Kerry Wood . . . Mel Evans
Len Casper . . . Jorin Garguilo
Lou Pinella . . . Michael Johnson
Mark Prior . . . Colleen Breen
Met #1 . . . Amy Verdon
Met #2 . . . Colleen Breen
Met #3 . . . Jorin Garguilo
Met #4 . . . Mel Evans
Met #5 . . . Rob White
Trenton D. Foxworth . . . Rob White
William Wrigley . . . Jorin Garguilo

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