Ready for another mind-blowing, “we are getting old” revelation? Rookie of the Year came out 25 years ago. That’s right, the inspiring tale of 12-year-old Henry Rowengartner, who becomes a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs following an accident that leaves his arm with abnormally tight tendons, was originally released way back in 1993.
The film was a big success, taking in over $50 million at the box office, yet somehow there has never been a sequel. To put that in perspective, The Sandlot, which came out just three months earlier, has produced two sequels. To be fair, those sequels were direct-to-video and not all that great, but still, Rookie of the Year deserves at least the same chance. And we’re not the only ones who think so.
Actor Thomas Ian Nicholas, who starred as Henry and went on to play Kevin Myers in the American Pie films, was recently interviewed by CinemaBlend while at Wizard World St. Louis and asked about a sequel to the classic baseball flick:
Okay, the story might need a little work, but as long as Daniel Stern returns as pitching coach Phil Brickma, we are totally behind Nicholas. Unfortunately, we’re not sure how Gary Busey could fit into that storyline but we bet he has only gotten better at making those bizarre noises!