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Comedian scores with Mr. 3000

by Kyle Galdeira, staff writer

 

In the sports world, numbers reign supreme. Statistics determine if a player will be a legend worthy of a prestigious spot in a hall of fame, or just another forgotten athlete.

Mr. 3000 is the story of Stan Ross and his realization that there is more to baseball—and life—than just fame and fortune.

 

When Ross, portrayed by comedian Bernie Mac, gets hit number 3000, a feat accomplished by only 25 players in baseball history, the cocky first baseman instantly quits the game and leaves his Milwaukee Brewers teammates to finish the season without him. Ross defines himself solely by the milestone as he launches a series of small businesses that play on the number 3,000.

However, when it comes time for Ross to be elected into the baseball Hall of Fame, a statistician finds that three hits were counted twice and Mr. 3000 has only 2,997 hits. The news devastates Ross who feels his identity too has been lost. The star decides to make a comeback to the game he once took for granted but is faced with the daunting challenge of getting back into playing shape. To start the comeback, Ross learns new fitness techniques including weight training exercises and Pilates poses.

Ross also endures tough competition from younger, more talented players like rival star T-Rex Pennebaker (Brian White) as well as ridicule from the media he used to scorn. Head coach Gus Panas (Paul Sorvino) holds a grudge after Ross abandoned his team 10 years earlier while General Manager Shembri (Chris Noth) uses the pursuit of 3,000 hits as a way to draw fans to the ballpark. While on the quest for three more hits, he discovers the meaning of teamwork and a true passion for the game.

Ross also rekindles a love interest with ESPN reporter Mo Simmons (Angela Bassett). The two shared a fling earlier in their careers and the comeback allows the couple to reconnect.

The plot in the movie is predictable, but the viewer is kept laughing from beginning to end thanks to Mac’s edgy humor. Also, the audience doesn’t have to know much about baseball to enjoy the movie. The film is focused more on the emotions and interactions between characters rather than jock jargon.

There are numerous cameo appearances by personalities such as actor Tom Arnold, talk-show host Larry King and ESPN Sports Center anchor Stuart Scott. The film is rated PG-13 for strong adult content and language.

 

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