There’s no confusion about why Undrafted‘s intramural players are chilling in the rec league: Baseball comes a little harder to some.
In an exclusive clip from Joe Mazzello’s (The Social Network) directorial debut, all de facto manager Ty (Duke Davis Roberts) wants to do is set his teams for the upcoming game. Everyone wishes to sit this contest out and eat their soft serve, but Anthony (Matt Barr) does for a very, very legitimate reason: “I’m nursing a pretty aggressive hangover, so I nominate myself.”
Dells (Tyler Hoechlin), the team’s usual closer, is moved to the starter’s mound. This confuses Zapata (Manny Montana) and the team. It creates a question loop that’s directly inspired by Abbott and Costello’s iconic “Who’s on first?” routine. “If he gets tired, I will bring in a closer,” Ty says before being set off by Tree’s (David Del Rio) observation: “But he’s our closer.”
Mazzello also penned the screenplay, inspired by his brother, John, a baseball prodigy who went unexpectedly undrafted in the MLB Draft. Grease Live star Aaron Tveit plays the movie’s passed-over player — also named John — who must come to grips with the new reality of his life.
See the clip above. Chace Crawford and Jim Belushi also star in Undrafted, which was executive produced by Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.
Undrafted‘s comedic first pitch will happen Friday in theaters and VOD.