The remarkably-implausible plot of 1993’s Rookie of the Year sees 12-year-old Henry Rowengartner (Thomas Ian Nicholas) signed to the Chicago Cubs after breaking his arm, having his tendons heal “a little too tight,” and then demonstrating his arm strength by throwing an opposing home run back at Wrigley Field and having the ball go all the way to home plate. In real life, Nicholas threw out the first pitch at Wrigley Field Saturday, but the real Rookie of the Year comparison came at Boston’s Fenway Park, where a Red Sox fan threw a home run from the Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton back so hard that it hit Stanton on one bounce after he rounded second:
This dude catches Giancarlo Stanton’s home run, then chucks it back at him and hits him with a one-hopper near second base all the way from the Green Monster. Incredible. pic.twitter.com/RXBojKDHnh
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) September 29, 2018
And yes, that led to a lot of Rowengartner jokes:
— Pat Ward (@WardDPatrick) September 29, 2018
on the same day Rowengartner threw out the first pitch at Wrigley https://t.co/oVVHgDLyfU
— Stephen Nelson (@StephenNelson) September 29, 2018
1. Sign his Henry Rowengartner ass.
2. Giancarlo's reaction was terrific. https://t.co/rWDVrwZzIk
— ಠ_ಠ (@SnarkActual) September 29, 2018
No word on if the Red Sox will actually sign this fan and have him trade barbs with Gary Busey.
[Fabian Ardaya on Twitter]