Gus (Clint Eastwood) is a scout for the Atlanta Braves. He is an old man who has seen better days. He is having a hard time seeing the ball and he has new prospects to look at for the team. He has seen a Doctor and he needs to see a specialist to have some surgery to fix the problem. He doesn't want anyone to know about his eyes. He has been asked to go to North Carolina to look at a prospect for the team. His friend Pete Klein (John Goodman) knows something is up with Gus and since he has stuck his neck out for him to the team he goes to see Gus's estranged daughter Mickey (Amy Adams). Pete lets her know that something is up and Mickey calls the Doctor and finds out his problem. She goes to talk with her father about everything that is going on but Gus doesn't want to talk.
Gus is set in his ways and being his age feels he doesn't need any help even is he does. Mickey is a lawyer and is in the middle of a big deal with her firm which would make her a partner. Instead, she takes time off and heads to North Carolina to be with her father.
Mickey is good at what she does and can help her father with the job. Unfortunately, after her Mom died her father pawned her off on an Uncle and it affected her deeply and it seems to have come to the surface on the trip.
An old player that Gus had recruited is now a scout for the Boston Red Sox and he is in Carolina checking out the same player. Johnny (Justin Timberlake) is infatuated with Mickey and has no problem letting her know.
Gus's eyes may be going blind but his hearing is excellent and he hears something about the player in question. A questionable flaw that may keep him from making the majors. Watch the movie to find out the rest of the story.
This movie is about Baseball, grass roots Baseball. Baseball is not about computers. It's about people and the way they play Baseball. Director Robert Lorenz brings a story to the screen that is filled with curves all throughout the story. It's a wholesome tale of America's favorite pastime. It makes you smile and think of all those beautiful days playing ball when you were a kid.