Friday, February 26, 2010

Affleck & Damon To Become Yankees?

...It's possible, at least on-screen!

The irony of die-hard Red Sox Fans, Ben Affleck & Matt Damon potentially playing Yankees in an upcoming film is hilarious. Even better, Affleck is said to be directing the film on the Great Yankee Swap.

If you don't know the story, it goes like this: Back in the early seventies Yankee pitchers Mike Kekich and Fitz Peterson (who were good friends on and off the diamond) made headlines when not only swapping wives, but actually swapping lives. That's right, they swapped wives, houses, kids...even dogs!

The timeline is as follows:

  • Early 1972 couples joke about wife-swapping
  • Off-season 1972 Mike moved in with Fritz's wife, Marilyn and Fritz moved in with Mike's wife, Suzanne
  • Spring Training 1973 the new couples go public
  • Sometime 1973 Mike and Marilyn split
  • 1973 - 1974 both men's baseball careers start to unravel (some think it has to do with all of the negative press surrounding their off-field decisions)
  • 1974 Fritz and Suzanne get married (and in the years following end up having 4 children together)
  • 1979 friends Mike and Fritz stop talking
The story was so shocking, and absurd it even made ESPN's Top-1o Shocking Moments in Baseball History.

So will the film make it to the big screen? Only time will tell. But who better to play the two left-handed Yankees pitchers than a couple of die-hard Red Sox fans from Boston? Heh....

My only question is how Jen and Luciana feel about the whole thing?


Joe said...

what did those guys think was going to happen!

Jennifer said...

That is funny and I hope it does make it to the big screen. I always thought it was funny that a die hard Yankees fan played a die hard Red Sox fan in Fever Pitch...I didn't want to believe that my beloved "Ben" really liked those nasty Yankees, but I saw saw Jimmy Falon in the audience this year at the World Series with his Yankees hat on...I didn't like seeing that...I'd rather just think of him as Red Sox Loving Ben"...thanks for sharing this news.