We joked about it at nearly every turn: the 2016 Chicago Cubs season – really, the whole build up of the past few years – read like a movie script straight out of Hollywood. And not even a clever one! Whether it was the 108 drought, the over-the-top fan emotion, David Ross homering in Game Seven in his retirement year, a perfectly-timed rain delay featuring a game-saving speech from a down-on-his-luck veteran in Jason Heyward … you would call this thing far too cheesy to be believed if it, you know, hadn’t actually happened.
But it did happen, and it was only a matter of time before it became a movie.
It didn’t take long:
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) March 21, 2017
Every movie like that has to have some kind of individual-based framing device, and Ross, with his yearlong retirement tour culminating in the Game Seven homer, plus his coming book, certainly makes plenty of sense. He can be the Jake Taylor character, but with an even better, less probable ending.
So who plays Ross? The Cubs’ young core? The front office? Joe Maddon? Extra Mustard actually already took on the task of casting the movie the day after the World Series (I told you: this was inevitable).
Bradley Whitford apparently started preparing for his role as Joe Maddon many months ago:
Apparently Bradley Whitford caught wind of the planned Cubs movie a long time ago, and started prepping for his role as Joe Maddon. pic.twitter.com/zY4v4GlIkc
— Brett Taylor (@BleacherNation) March 21, 2017
And hey, in the post-credits bonus scene, famous Cardinals fan and Cubs fan Jon Hamm and Bill Murray can re-enact their infamous hat episode.