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Baysox review 'Benchwarmers'

Adam Loewen, Richard Stahl and Ryan Hubele are not going to be confused with David Spade, Rob Schneider and Jon Heder.

The three players for the Bowie Baysox, the Double-A affiliate of the Orioles, aren't the athletic outcasts portrayed by the actors in "The Benchwarmers," the comedy about Little League losers getting revenge as adults that made nearly $20 million in its opening weekend. Still, the real ballplayers checked out the fake ballplayers at the multiplex and had this to say about the movie:

Adam LoewenLoewen, 22, a pitcher from British Columbia, was the Orioles' first-round draft pick (fourth overall) in 2002 and remains one of the organization's top prospects. The 6-foot-5 left-handed made quite an impression this spring pitching for the Canadian team in the World Baseball Classic, and has a good shot at reaching the big leagues next year.

What was your opinion of the movie as it relates to baseball?

It's really made for kids. The movie is far-fetched, a nine-person Little League team would never play three grown men. There really is no comparison to real baseball.

Were there any characters in the movie that reminded you of someone in real life?

The Dominican pitcher on the Little League team, who was actually like 30, reminded me of a former teammate (Carlos Jan). He used to dance on and off the mound just like the character in the movie.

What Grade would you give the movie?

D. The movie really didn't do it for me as a whole, lots of funny parts though.


Richard StahlStahl, 25, is another tall lefty once picked in the first round by the Orioles. The 6-foot-7 former high school basketball player from Georgia was drafted in 1999 as the 18th overall selection.

What was your opinon of the movie as it relates to baseball?

I didn't think the story was very good, but it had a classic underdog story. No one is ever going to play three grown men in a game.

Was there any character in the movie that reminded you of anyone in your personal life?

I had several coaches in Little League that were like the coaches in the movie. They didn't necessarily help kids get better at baseball. They would ride the players so hard that a lot of them quit and gave up playing baseball.

What message did the movie convey in your opinion?

I feel the biggest message was that not everyone is going to be good at sports, there are other things in life.

What Grade would you give this movie?

D+. The movie had a great humor factor, but that was about it.


Ryan HubeleHubele, a 25-year-old catcher, was an eighth-round draft pick out of the University of Texas in 2002.

What was your opinion of the movie as it relates to baseball?

I thought it was all right. It was a typical comedy, much like the ones you are seeing today. "The Benchwarmers" had a great underdog story, that was made obvious throughout the film. Rob Schneider was a strong character in the movie, the athletic geek. David Spade is my favorite actor. He played a great role. He's played a good geek role in several movies.

Was there any character in the movie that reminded you of anyone in your personal life?

I had several coaches coaches in Little League that were a lot like Craig Kilborn's character. There were alot of rich type Little League coaches growing up in Scottsdale, Ariz.. They were tough on their kids.

Does the movie in your opinion relate to baseball at all?

No, not really. Three guys aren't going to take on nine in a baseball game.

What message did the movie convey in your opinion?

The bully role is something that really happens in life when you are young. Everyone knows a bully. The real message that the movie portrayed to me is that everyone plays when you are young, which is a good thing.

What grade would you give this movie?

C+. It was a funny comedy and there were some funny parts in the movie, but besides that it really didn't do much for me.

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