The Rookie Starring: Dennis Quaid, Rachel Griffiths, Jay Hernandez, Angus T Jones Director: John Lee Hancock The film: Hollywood has had a long-lasting love affair with baseball - and it is easy to see why. It is, or was, 'America's pastime', a game whose history comes chock full of heroes and villains, and a game that is accessible to people from all walks of life. All it takes to play, after all, is a ball and a bat. The game has produced some fabulous films, mostly based on real events, from The Pride Of The Yankees in 1942, which told the story of Lou Gehrig, right up to last year's made-for-TV 61, about the Roger Maris-Mickey Mantle chase for Babe Ruth's home-run record. This is the most recent addition to that fine tradition and it too tells a quite remarkable 'true' story. Jim Morris (Dennis Quaid) was a high school baseball coach who, in 1999, at the ripe old age of 35, finally made it into the major leagues with the expansion Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Along the way he inspired his students to overachieve and gave a faraway town in Texas - and a bunch of couch potatoes across America - a whole lot of hope. Quaid (right) does his homeboy best as the teacher who had his chance, lost it through injury, but then was given it again in the most unlikely of circumstances. He seems to have a pair of blue jeans surgically attached to his hips, but this is probably the film-makers' way of reminding us Morris is just a 'regular' guy. Versatile Australian Rachel Griffith plays his wife and shows she has her apple pie accent down pat and there is also an assortment of loose-jowled locals who cheer their boy along. The heart-warming message is that sometimes people really do get a second chance. I think I'll dig out those old football boots . . . The extras: If you want the whole truth and nothing but the truth, there's a documentary on the 'real' Jim Morris here, which includes footage of his first Major League outing and interviews with many of those involved in his story. Hancock takes us through the deleted scenes, explaining why each once was dumped, and there's a commentary track from the director and the star. But the real gem is the 'Spring Training' section where a coach takes you through all the baseball fundamentals - and you'd better listen up, Bud, or he'll get mad. The verdict: While it won't ever make the baseball film hall of fame, it still presses all the right buttons.