We meet Rex, 60, and his wife Ruth at their daughter and son-in-law's house in the hills outside El Paso on a Christmas morning. We also meet their grandson, 6, to whom Rex pitches batting practice - plastic balls and bat - in the backyard while the rest watch from the living room, warm by the fire.
On the drive home to Silver City (or Cloudcroft), New Mexico, Rex drops the bomb about having decided to retire from baseball, the upcoming season being his last, and then they can finally travel and do all those things, see the kids, the grandkid, et cetera, it's time, and time will run out. The wife is happy to hear this, to say the least, and talk of their first trip comes up.
Night at home. In bed. Memories. The future. Goodnight.
INT BUS - DAY
Rex in front seat of bus filled with men in their mid-20s, almost all with gadgets and ear buds. Some sleep, maybe one or two read. West Texas desert through the windows. Rex and the driver discuss the last series of the year.
"Turquoise City Tortoises" and a tortoise on the side of the team bus as it cruises toward the mountains of Fort Davis.
EXT KOKERNOT STADIUM - LATER
Bus arrives in lot. Rex provides some exposition. Appreciation for the game and we get some Kokernot history. Players pile out, grab gear, walk toward the stadium. Estimates of how hot it is.
EXT. FIELD - LATER
Rex throwing BP...