Oldtimers Game

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Lee Blessing

Published by Dramatists Play Service

9 Male 0 Female

The place is the locker room of the Northshore (Minnesota) Otters, a Triple-A baseball club struggling through a lackluster season

It's the day of the annual Oldtimers Game, and several former Otters are on hand, including "Old John" Law, a Hall of Famer; Dave Pearl, now a star center fielder in the big leagues; Jim Nealy, a once promising player who retired early because of injury along with Crab Detlefson, whom the others have difficulty recalling, despite his tales of daring-do on the field

The present-day Otters are represented by Sut Davis, a talented (but impatient) young hitter who wants desperately to move up to the majors; the catcher, Harry Nix, whose sharp tongue, and fondness for booze, have hindered his career

Also, the agile shortstop, Jesus Luna, who is resigned to being marooned a seasoned veteran who, despite all, still believes that the Otters are destined for greatness

And, finally, there is the rookie owner, Mr. Thompson, an aggressive advertising executive who "loves to win" and has some rather bizarre ideas about how to achieve his goal

A sudden rainstorm interrupts the game and brings the players together in the locker room, where moments of humor and poignancy are mingled as the "has-beens" and the "would-bes" play cards, guzzle beer, and talk of the past, or the future, as the case may be

"Old John" nurses a bad back; Sut Davis laments hurting his knee while showing off for Mr. Thompson; and Harly Nix, learning that his contract will not be renewed, trashes the manager's office

As the play ends some new (and unexpected) shifts are announced; but it is evident that, for most of the Otters, the more things seem to change, the more they will really remain the same

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