INT. ANGEL’S APARTMENT — NIGHT
Shawn and Angel are sitting on her couch with a wine glass apiece.
They sit close and Angel has her head on his shoulder. They are
watching ESPN as Sports Center recaps the game they were
Angel leans forward to the table were the half empty bottle of
red wine is sitting and grasps the bottle by the neck.
Would you like another?
Angel pours him another glass and they linger, hold each others
stare for a moment and lean in, slow, and finally their
noses touch. Mouths almost there.
I thought this was just a drink.
They finish moving in and their lips touch. It is a soft, passionate
kiss that lasts only seconds.
Angel pulls back, sets the bottle on the table and reaches for
She finds the bottom of it and pulls it over his head. Then she
grabs the bottom of her shirt and pulls it slowly over the
top of her head, revealing her blue lacy bra.
They move to her bedroom were she falls, pulling him to the bed
on top of her.
EXT. PARK — DAY
A bench sits next to a small pond with a fountain in the middle.
Shawn and Angel sit on a blanket thrown on the ground.
On the blanket sits a picnic basket and paper plates with sandwiches
on them. A bottle of wine sits in the middle with two
plastic cups filled up and sitting next to the plates.
So you aren’t weirded out about the
other night are you?
No, why would I be?
I don’t know, we just weren’t
supposed to do that.
It seemed right though, didn’t it?
Yeah, it kind of did. But I am
still engaged to Charles.
Maybe in a different time.
They look out at the pond.
Shawn takes a drink of his wine.
It was good sex though, right?
Yes, it was very good.
Angel takes a drink of her wine.
Was it good for you?
Oh my God, I have never had any
that good before.(laughs)
It was pretty average wasn’t it?
Yeah, but even average sex is good
Angel takes another drink and looks at her watch.
Oh shit, I have to go. I have to
get back to work.
She jumps up and pulls Shawn up with her.
Thank you for lunch, we will have
to do it again.
Still no dates, huh?
I would love to, but you know.
She gives him a peck on the cheek and walks away. She looks
over her shoulder a few steps into her journey back to work
and blows him a kiss.
Shawn chuckles and begins to pick up the blanket.
INT. SHAWN’S APARTMENT — DAY
Shawn is fresh out of the shower, he has a towel around him and
is dripping wet.
He talks into a speaker phone, he is in his bedroom and looking
through his closet.
I know, Ben, but I really like her.
But she hasn’t broken up with her
She shouldn’t, we’re just friends.
No matter what Kenny says, friends
shouldn’t do what you guys did.
You seem a little touchy, buddy.
Well, you guys are both my friends
and I don’t want to see either one
of you guys get hurt.
No one is going to get hurt, we
both know what happened was a one
time thing. Something that won’t
I don’t like it. What are you doing
tonight, I have an extra ticket to
the hockey game.
Angel and I are going to a play and
then out to dinner.
Buzz, Buzz. The intercom system goes off and Shawn moves to the
speaker on his wall. He pushes a button.
Come on up.
(Back to the Phone)
That is her now and I haven’t
gotten dressed yet so I have to go.
I will talk to you tomorrow, enjoy
Shawn I really think you should
stop and think about what your
Shawn doesn’t let him finish before he pushes a button on
the phone and disconnects him. Shawn is getting dressed when
he hears a woman’s voice behind him but it’s not Angel, it
I had forgotten how nice your ass
Shawn is startled and throws his towel back around himself with
his pants halfway up. She moves over to him and wraps her
arms around him and begins to kiss him.
His towel falls to the floor.
Angel stands in the doorway, she sees Megan kissing Shawn
and him not stopping her, and she doesn’t say anything, she
just leaves, quietly.
EXT. PARK — NOON
The three friends stand in batting cages, all side by side. Balls
fly at them at ninety miles an hour and Shawn is the only
one connecting with the ball at all.
For several seconds the three continue to bat away. Finally Ben
drops his bat and walks to the edge of his cage.
Shawn you know you fucked things up
with Angel, right.
We didn’t have anything to fuck up.
You guys were once friends, and you
know she liked you.
She never told me how she felt and
the fact the Charles is still
around should be proof enough that
she doesn’t have any interest in
me. And besides, she’s the one that
never showed the other night.
You are a fucking idiot. She saw
you with Megan, nearly naked.
Fuck, you know that I never
intended to be naked with Megan, I
thought it was Angel at the door.
It doesn’t matter now anyway. Megan
is the one I am supposed to be
with. I have known that for years.
Yeah, well are you the one she is
supposed to be with?
Ben turns and walks away, leaving the batting cage in
INT. SMALL CAFE — DAY
Angel, Abigail and Nicole are at a small table sipping on wine,
except Nicole has a water.
Flowers are everywhere and the colorfulness of spring can be seen
out the window from fruit and flower vendors line the
You know that isn’t how Shawn is. I
am sure there is a reasonable
explanation for what happened.
I don’t need an explanation. He
told me from the first time we met
that he was in love with her, no
matter how wrong she is for him. He also
had no reason to not be with her.
We don’t, nor did we, have a relationship
beyond that of a professional and
(pretending like she is
Just because we made an error in
judgment one night doesn’t mean
that we had anything emotionally
invested in it.
You care for him I can see it in
I have a Fiancé and he is wonderful
That doesn’t mean that you love
him, or should.
I have to be going, I have an
interview in an hour.
She stands and throws some money on the table and walks away from
INT. BEN’S OFFICE — DAY
Ben sits at his computer, not working just staring at the screen
when his secretary comes over the intercom on his phone.
Ben, there is call on line two for
you. A Mr. Schumacher.
Ben comes to life. He sits erect.
Put him through.
He picks up the phone.
Hello sir… I’m doing fine, how
may I help you today? … Oh,
yes… sure, I will let him know.
No, he will be there first thing in
the morning. No, thank you.
Ben stands up and hangs up the phone, pushing a button.
Holly opens the door to the office.
Would you get Shawn in here please,
I need to speak to him before I
INT. BEN’S OFFICE — DUSK
Ben sits behind his desk again when there is a rap on his door.
The door opens and Shawn stands just outside.
He comes in and sits in the chair in front of Ben.
What is it, buddy? Holly said that
it was important.
It is. I have some good news and
some bad news.
Give me the bad first.
You will be taking some time off of
Okay, the good news?
I got a call from Marvin Schumacher
this afternoon and they what you to
come play for the Senators.
It will be for a trail period. St.
John has an inflamed muscle in his
throwing arm. They want you to
replace Vaughn at first and moving him
to Left. Just until his arm heals.
That’s great news, my chance.
He stands and walks over to the picture window that looks
out over the city.
This is crazy, Ben. My dreams are
coming true. Shouldn’t I be
It just hasn’t settled in yet. You
I should call Angel and let her
know, I think she would like to
I bet she already does.
INT. LOBBY OF AN OFFICE BUILDING — DUSK
Angel sits with her pen and paper in front of her talking to a
tall man with a dark complexion.
It is ST. JOHN. They are talking and she writing notes down.
So, do you know who will be taking
your spot in the line up, and is
this going to affect the alleged
trade deal from a couple of weeks
I was told that they where bringing
up a minor leaguer, Mallory, I
believe, and I can’t comment on the
Yeah, that’s him.
Thank you I think that is all,
again, thank you for your time.
She quickly leaves fumbling with her cell phone trying to place
EXT. BASEBALL STADIUM — DAY
Shawn stands in the batters box at the stadium taking
An older man walks up to him, he is the manager of the Senators,
BOBBY WINFIELD. And he is carrying a uniform.
Here boy, put this on. You may need
it for tonight. Nervous yet?
A little, sir.
Have you thrown up yet?
Then your doing better than me on
first day. I didn’t even get to
practice because I spent the first
two days in the bathroom.
It’s still early, sir.
Look around you boy, tonight there
won’t be an empty seat in the
Shawn begins to scan the bleachers. They are all empty as he
moves around the stadium the view changes from day to night
and the seats are all full.
EXT. BASEBALL STADIUM — NIGHT
The crowd is roaring and standing on their feet. Shawn stands
at the plate. He is visibly nervous, tugging at his shirt
and messing with his helmet.
He can hear the roar of the crowd and is focused on the pitcher
standing on the mound in front of him.
He watches as the pitcher winds up and delivers the first
pitch and he watches it go by.
Shawn steps out of the box and rocks his head back and forth trying
to relax a little.
He steps back in.
The pitcher again winds up and delivers.
This time he swings missing it completely.
Shawn doesn’t move this time, he stays in the box ready for
He waits and the pitcher winds up and throws, Shawn blinks
and the ball is by him again.
Again he stays steady waiting for the pitch and it comes.
Shawn swings and the ball is coming at him in slow motion.
He swings with everything he has and connects.
The ball flies deep into right field and Shawn takes off
like a rocket, running to first base, but hears the umpire.
Shawn turns on the baseline and heads to the dug out. Winfield
stands at the steps waiting on the young player. As Shawn
jogs past him he pats him on the back.
No problem, your first one is out
of the way.
The scoreboard shows that it is the second inning 0-0 it
transitions to bottom of the ninth visitors winning 6-4.
Back to the dug out and Shawn heads to the plate.
Man on first and third, Vaughn is fast so a double should
tie it up.
Shawn jogs to the plate.
A new pitcher is on the mound.
Shawn again is very nervous. He wiggles the bat as the
pitcher winds up and throws the ball.
Shawn swings and connects but doesn’t move.
Shawn jumps up in the air and runs around the bases.
His teammates meet him at he plate and carry him off of the
field. He sees Winfield standing by the dug out.
Or a homer will work too. Nice work
INT. BEN’S OFFICE — MORNING
Shawn enters in a nice suit.
He sits in his usual chair in front of Ben’s desk and
relaxes until he is slouching in the big leather seat.
How are you doing?
Been busy. Seven road games will
take it out of you.
Well I have some good news. The
Senators want to offer you a full
contract, two million for two
years, that’s pretty good for a
I’ll take it. I guess I shouldn’t
argue, that is a lot of money for
something I would do for free.
Your damn right it is.
How is Abigail doing I haven’t seen
her since I got picked up.
Great. Kenny and Nicole have been
scheduled a date for an inducement.
I’ll be at home, I’ll have to come
by. How is Angel doing, I haven’t
seen her in a while either?
Good, I guess I haven’t seen her
either but her and Abigail are
keeping in touch. How is Megan.
Good… I probably need to be going,
it was good seeing you, next week
for lunch, we’re still on right.
Yep. How about I walk you out,
Kenny and I are going to work out,
you can join us if you would like.
No, Megan and I are going for
lunch. I haven’t seen her in a week
EXT. BEN’S OFFICE — NOON
Shawn and Ben walk out of the front door when Megan pulls up
in a new red sports car, convertible, top down.
She looks beautiful in it, fits her well.
You like it?
Bought it this morning. I was
worried about the payments, but I
guess I don’t have to now, isn’t
No I guess not. I’ll see you next
week. Good luck on the diamond buddy.
Shawn jumps over the door and into the seat, and waves as Megan
INT. FANCY RESTAURANT — EVENING
Shawn and Megan stand just on the other side of a glass
door, he wears a designer suit and she wears a designer
They enter a nice restaurant and walk up to the maitre d where
Shawn leans on the podium and looks the small man in eye.
Two for Mallory
Sure, right this way Mr. Mallory
They follow the man to a small table near the back of the
dining room when they are met by Angel and Charles walking out.
Angel reaches out and gives him a hug.
Shawn, it is so nice to see you.
How have you been?
Good, living the dream.
I know I have been watching. Good
stats. Too bad you haven’t played
all year, ESPN thinks you would
have been rookie of the year.
Yeah, well, I am having fun.
You remember Charles?
Sure, nice to see you again. And I
guess you remember Megan.
Sir your table is this way.
I guess I better be going before
they give my table away.
You wouldn’t be missing much.
They hug again and walk their separate ways.
INT. SHAWN AND MAEGAN’S APARTMENT — NIGHT
The two are sitting on the couch watching television, actually
he is flipping channels.
He is bumming in his t-shirt and jeans.
She has on a sweats outfit, probably just done working out.
What do you say we catch a movie.
Look at me, I can’t go out like
this. But go if you want, I’ll
catch up on some reading.
Huh, a model that can read, that’s
Come on, we can catch a Nicholas
Sparks book turned into a movie. I’m
sure there is one out.
There is, but I know it won’t be as
good as the book.
They never are. Then we can catch
the latest Rock movie.
Hum, you are a mans man.
What, Kenny says he’s a good actor.
What does Kenny know, if they don’t
have tits and ass he probably
doesn’t even know who they are.
Come on we haven’t been out in a
We’re both famous now, we can’t
afford to go out. Everyone will
look at us and wonder why we’re not
watching in our private theater,
when are we getting that anyway.
Fine I will go by myself. Don’t