Daniel Stern revives ‘Rookie of the Year’ character to support Cubs playoffs run

CHICAGO, Oct. 13 (UPI) — In the movie Rookie of the Year, Chicago Cubs pitching coach Phil Brickma attempts to help 12-year-old Henry adjust to his sudden role as a starting pitcher in the big leagues. Now, Brickma — played by Daniel Stern in the film — wants to help out the real life Cubs.

Actor and director Daniel Stern has brought back his fictional coaching alter ego in a series of videos posted to his YouTube and Facebook pages, offering playing tips and breaking the news that he’s trying to get back on the team.

In the movie, Brickma offers advice about “hot ice” to ease players’ muscles after a game and shows off his hitting skills, often locking himself in a room or a closet if he manages not to hurt himself.

With the Cubs advancing to the National League Championship Series for the second straight year after ending the San Francisco Giants in the divisional playoff round, Stern has brought Brickma back to life 23 years after Rookie of the Year was released.

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