Full disclosure: I have no idea at all what's happening in the MLB these days, or which teams are where in the standings, or if I should be rooting for my local teams over my hometown club (the Oakland A's!). What I do know is that when I was 12 years old, I found myself rooting for the Chicago Cubs after they signed a cute kid named Henry Rowengartner to pitch for them in the major motion picture Rookie of the Year.

Cute and squeaky-clean, Henry (played by Thomas Ian Nicholas) got to live every baseball-loving kid's dream thanks to a fortuitous broken arm that healed with abnormal tightness of the muscles. Henry's newfound ability allowed him to crank back his throwing arm and unleash with such a force that he could throw a foul ball all the way from the bleachers to home plate, which is precisely what he does in one of the film's most memorable scenes. Thanks to Rookie of the Year, every kid of the '90s who'd broken some bone or another shared the collective fantasy that they'd have the same powers once their casts came off. If you say you didn't wish for such a thing, I call shenanigans.

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