“Keeper of the Pinstripes” is the new Yankee movie being directed by Robby Benson, that is set to be released next year. It’s the last film to shoot inside the old Yankee Stadium and the first in the new stadium. It is also the first film since “Pride of the Yankees” (1942) to be endorsed by the Yankees. You know the movie is going to be big if the Yankees are endorsing it. The movie is set for release in July 2010 (USA).
When Henry Ruiz, a young boy in the Bronx, is caught trespassing at Yankee Stadium, he’s given the chance to work off his infraction as a helper to Pete Sheehy, the clubhouse manager. What he doesn’t know is that Pete died in 1985. He’s a ghost. Though the current Yankees have already moved from the old stadium to the new one, the ghosts of Yankees past are staying behind, following the lead of their captain, Lou Gehrig, the Iron Horse. But Henry can see the ghosts. And he can understand Gehrig sadly too well, given his own mother’s own battle with illness. It turns out that he might be the only hope for convincing the Yankee ghosts to make the move – before the wrecking balls knock down their home forever.
Inspired by true events, the film tells the story of the reawakening of “Room 107,” a mysterious room hidden within the depths of Yankee Stadium where some of baseball’s greatest heroes would find solace. When the ghost of Lou Gehrig refuses to join the rest of the ghosts at the new stadium, it’s up to 14-year old Henry to talk the Iron Horse into making the move.
Josh Lucas will be playing Thurman Munson. Bernie Williams will play a street musician. Darry Strawberry is also supposedly in the movie. Jeff Garlin and James Gandolfini have been rumored to take the part of Babe Ruth. I heard that the production company reached out to James Gandolfini to play the Babe, but I don’t know what happened with that.
Here, Josh Lucas talks about upcoming role in “Keeper of the Pinstripes” on Yankee Magazine