The plot turns on an accident involving co-star Mark Wahlberg and Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter, who plays himself in the movie. Less obvious, though, is the tip o' the cap to the Angels in Ferrell's decision to name Michael Keaton's character Gene Mauch after the former Angels manager.
Ferrell, a co-producer of the film, grew up in Irvine an Angel fan at the time Mauch, who died in 2005, was managing the club.
-- Kevin Baxter
Photo: Former Angels Manager Gene Mauch in 1986. Credit: Los Angeles Times