by West Coast Craig
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TORRE HOUSE ROOFTOP. NIGHT.
Manny is way up at the top of the three story house, fiddling with a big plastic Santa and reindeer. He stops to look out over the neighborhood, and glances down at the pool in the backyard. Just then a figure drops and splashes in the deep end. Manny is shocked!
He leaps in after, and pulls the figure to the side. Theyâ€™re soon sputtering on the deck.
Thanks a lot, Manny. My name is Jim. Jim Fregosi. And Iâ€™m here for a reasonâ€¦you. You see, Iâ€™m an angelâ€¦in fact, I was a Los Angeles Angel back when they actually played in Los Angelesâ€¦but itâ€™s been decades since Iâ€™ve played and I need to earn my wings. So if I help you out, Iâ€™ll get them.
Wow, but Mr. Fregosi, are you even dead?
As far as you know, why not? Now listen, you were about to jump off that roof, thinking youâ€™d be better off dead. Iâ€™m here to show you that thatâ€™s not the case.
Well, actually, I was justâ€¦
â€¦uh, uh, uhâ€¦look, my wings are riding on this, so go along with it, okay? Youâ€™ve lived a sad, bitter lifeâ€¦going all the way back to when you were growing up in Washington Heightsâ€¦
Yes, the blurry lines obscure the scene. We find ourselves on an old timey sandlot.
MANNY (voice over)
Hey, thatâ€™s the old sandlot! And thereâ€™s my little brother, Harry!
Harry is playing outfield, and a ball is hit deep into the gap, rolling all the way into the street. Little Harry chases after it, not seeing the big bus that’s barreling down on him.
Harry! Look out!
Manny quickly picks up a bat, self tosses a ball, and whollops a deep blast straight towards the bus. Harry screams at the sight of the bus, the bus driver screams as he slams on the brakesâ€¦just as the ball Manny hit slams into the front tire. It blows, and the bus screeches, skids, rolls, and flips up and over the stunned Harry. It rolls down the street and slams into an illegal fireworks store. The whole thing explodes, setting off a Fourth of July show that can be seen from space. Everyone races towards it except one guy in a cheap suit and hat, holding a clipboard. A Baseball Scout.
MANNY (voice over)
Thatâ€™s not exactly how it happenedâ€¦
FREGOSI (cutting him off)
â€¦and you of course remember a short while laterâ€¦
Again the blurry linesâ€¦this time we find ourselves in the back of a drug store.
Mr. Conte, Iâ€™m back!
VICTOR CONTE (visibly drunk)
There you are! Did you deliver that prescription like I told you?!
He starts slapping Young Manny around, angrilyâ€¦
Mr. Conte, Mr. Conteâ€¦I know youâ€™re upset about the telegram, but you put something wrong in those capsulesâ€¦you put something bad in those capsules! They were supposed to be Human Growth Hormonesâ€¦but you put the Bovine Growth Hormones in it by accident.
Victor Conte realizes his mistake and drops to his knees to hug Young Manny.
Oh, thank you thank you Manny, Iâ€™m so sorry.
MANNY (voice over)
Now that I donâ€™t remember at allâ€¦
FREGOSI (voice over)
Now look, an attitude like that won’t help me get my wings.
COMMISIONER BUD SELIGâ€™S OFFICE
BUD SELIG sits at a giant desk as he welcomes Manny in and gives him a big cigar.
Thanks Mr. Selig.
You like that? Iâ€™ll send you a whole box.
Manny sits opposite the desk, in a miniature chair. His head barely sees over the desk.
Now Manny, the Boston Red Sox have just made a trade for you, and I have to approve it. The Red Sox have had a tough go of it, and I want to make sure that theyâ€™re not making another terrible mistake with you and yourâ€¦character. My people, the owners, have been taking it pretty hard since our little labor dispute, and we need good hearted, upstanding young players to help change the image, clean cut players like Mark McGuire and Sammy Sosa who hold the integrity of the game sacred, and help make my people a lot of moneyâ€¦(grumbles) since I canâ€™t put a cap on their salariesâ€¦so I want to know that you will hold to the values of hard work and decency that makes our business, I mean game so great, without making life difficult for anybody with any screwy antics and less than appropriate attitude. I’ll make all of your wildest wishes come true if you just straighten up and fly right!
Well, thatâ€™s a kind offer Mr. Seligâ€¦but the answer is no! Iâ€™ve got to be Manny being Manny being Mannyâ€¦and hasnâ€™t this game always had colorful characters? From Rube Waddell to Babe Ruth to Mark Fidrich, doesnâ€™t that bring out better customers, and in turn make more money for you people? Weâ€™re human beings tooâ€¦but to you, a warped, frustrated old man, weâ€™re just cattle. Well, in my book, I donâ€™t need a big Red Sox contract to be a richer man than youâ€™ll ever be!
(who was hiding in the back until now)
Uh, Mannyâ€¦yes you do.
Oh. Okay then.
TORRE HOUSE. ANDREAâ€™S BEDROOM. BEDTIME.
Andrea is getting tucked in by Manny. We may notice that she has two Muppet dolls nearby, Bert and Ernie.
Okay little girl, time for beddie bye. Heyâ€¦howâ€™d you get that black eye?
Oh, one of the boys at school was making fun of you, and said you cost the Dodgers the chance at the World Series this yearâ€¦so we got in a fight. He gave me this, but I punched him in the jaw and got theseâ€¦
She holds out her hand, revealing a fistful of broken teeth.
Oh, thatâ€™s my special little girlâ€¦but itâ€™s Christmas Eve and if you want Santa to come, youâ€™ve got to go to sleep, so let me hang onto those.
Okay Mannyâ€¦but how can the real Santa land on the roof, first of all, without snow here in L.A., and second of all, with that cheap plastic Santa already up there.
Okay, Iâ€™ll make you a dealâ€¦you go to sleep, and Iâ€™ll go up there and take the Santa down.
He turns out the lights on his way out, and weâ€¦
TORRE POOL HOUSE. OUT BACK.
Jim Fregosi is finishing toweling off his hair as Manny sits there, looking confused.
So, Mr. Jim, how does any of this help you get your wings?
Iâ€™ve got to show you what life would be like without Manny Ramirez in it!
But Iâ€™m perfectly happy with my life right now, I love Los Angeles, I love the fans, Mr. Joeâ€™s been good to meâ€¦
FREGOSI (looking up)
Whatâ€™s that Joseph? Yes, I think that just might work. Okay Manny, youâ€™ve got your wishâ€¦you were never born!
Letâ€™s step outside and take a lookâ€¦
LOS ANGELES is on fire, palm trees are burning in the wind. The Torre house is now a giant ugly mansion with all sorts of obnoxious add-ons. DANE COOK steps out with a shotgun and starts firing away at Manny.
Get out of here, nobody trespasses on Dane Cookâ€™s house!
As Manny and Fregosi race out of there, Fregosi explains
Yes, Dane Cook is now the biggest box office star in the world, and has bought his own studio. You see, when you saved your brother, one of the people who died in that fiery bus crash that now never happened went on to become a mad scientist who invented a toxic gas that makes people think that un-funny is actually funny.
They sprint around the front of the house, and down the street. A freaked Manny bumps against a parked car, setting off its annoying car alarm.
Hey, another angel just got his wings! Every time a car alarm goes off, an angel gets his wings.
They come to a stop by a newspaper box. The paper inside has a headline that reads â€œBONDS GIVEN NEW CONTRACT WORTH GNP OF CHILEâ€
Yes, when you saved Victor Conteâ€™s career, he became smarter and now steroids are perfectly legal, so Barry Bonds has over 1000 home runs and has won six straight World Series MVP awards for San Francisco.
Dios Mio! San Francisco? Six in a row? But that meansâ€¦
Yes, it means the Red Sox have still never won the World Seriesâ€¦and, sadly, Boston is no longer a city, having burned itself to the ground after the riots of 2007, when they blew a 3-0 ALCS lead against the Yankees.
MANNY screams and runs into an alley, colliding with the shopping cart of a HOMELESS GUY. The Homeless Guy hisses and runs away.
There goes the guy who used to be called West Coast Craig. He used to come up with an occasionally readable post for a fringe website full of malcontents and degenerates, but without you he hasnâ€™t been able to come up with any decent running characters and his posts rambled on longer and longer until he was fired. Now he picks up spare change mopping up the floors of porno theaters.
Manny watches the poor sap go, then spies lying in the spilled rubbish of the shopping cart, the Bert and Ernie muppets.
Bert! Ernie! Donâ€™t you know me? Oh no, this is horrible. Mr. Jim, I want to go back, I want to live! Please, give me another chance!
Fregosi smiles, and we
Manny is back in front of the Torre house, which looks normal again. The lights go on on the front porch as JOE TORRE looks outside.
Everything okay, Manny?
Manny looks up, surprised. He reaches into his pocket and findsâ€¦
He is overjoyed. He runs and he leaps into Joe Torreâ€™s arms.
Oh Mr. Joe, everythingâ€™s back the way it was.
Well, not quiteâ€¦that Santa on the roof just fell off and is now floating in the pool You mind getting it out of there?
Sure thing, Mr. Joe, itâ€™d be the most fulfilling thing Iâ€™ve ever done!
Joe Torre looks at him with his usual confused bemusement, then starts back inside. In the distance, a car alarm goes off. Manny looks up and smiles.
Way to go, Mr. Jim. Way to go.