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Richard Brooks’s “Fever Pitch” Never Got Its Due

Yankees fans, flush with twenty-seven World Series championships, are condescendingly magnanimous toward upstart Mets fans, who, by contrast, are relentlessly resentful. A child of Queens and a Mets fan myself, I enjoy Yankees losses almost as much as Mets victories, which, of course, makes me a Red Sox fan, too (except for 1986). That’s why the Farrelly brothers’ 2005 baseball-centric romance “Fever Pitch,” starring Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon and culminating in the Red Sox’s victory in the 2004 series, has long been a favorite in my household.
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