Not a great film, but an uncommonly decent one, PASTIME is a simple, minor-league baseball saga which wavers uneasily between the salty, knockabout realism of BULL DURHAM and the fairy-tale mythologizing of THE NATURAL.
Roy Dean Bream (William Russ) is an aging pitcher on his way down, who's finishing an undistinguished career during the 50s with a club so threadbare that the owner Peter Laporte (Jeffrey Tambor), doubles as a hotdog vendor during home games. Through it all, Roy Dean managed to develop one good
pitch that earned him "one cup of coffee"--a shot in the big leagues. Now, however, the owner has targeted Roy Dean as dead weight and has begun pressuri...