Picks and Pans Review: Angels in the Infield
Do you believe in miracles? Do you believe in cross-promotion? Disney-owned ABC sure does. In 1994, Disney put out a remake of 195l's Angels in the Outfield, turning the Pittsburgh Pirates of the original into the Angels of California. The Angels (currently property of Disney), back in this TV movie, are still in need of divine help if they hope to win the American League pennant. As the Anaheim nine struggle to escape the doldrums, it seems every Angels game is telecast by Disney's ESPN.
As the comeback pitcher of the year, Patrick Warburton (Seinfeld) is funny when the character is sullen and self-centered but totally unconvincing when he makes nice to his 13-year-old daughter (Brittney Irvin). The talented David Alan Grier hasn't enough to do in the part of a deceased player trying to earn his angel wings by bringing the Angels some wins. The comedy's few hits are canceled out by several errors, including the sight of Babe Ruth batting right-handed in heaven.
Bottom Line: Not the game of the week