From Deadline Hollywood:
EXCLUSIVE: The Trade, a film that tells the true tale of 2 New York Yankees pitchers who caused a national scandal by swapping wives in the sexually-free 1970s, has finally hit the big leagues. Ben Affleck has become attached to direct and potentially star in the Warner Bros film. (Let me say that for a Yankees fan like myself, it would be worth it just to see Ben Affleck, and possibly Matt Damon, forced to wear the New York pinstripes. That has always been considered a potential obstacle for two die-hard Boston Red Sox fans and renowned Yankees haters.) Teammates Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich stunned the country when they disclosed in spring training 1973 that they were trading wives. Peterson had fallen in love with Susanne Kekich and his teammate fell in love with Marilyn Peterson. Fritz and Susanne remain a couple till this day, while Mike and Marilyn drifted apart. Affleck and his former Live Planet partners Matt Damon and Sean Bailey have long been intrigued with the project, with Affleck eyeing the role of Peterson and Damon the role of Kekich.
The 1970s Yankees produced a lot of scandals and stories, and this just one of them. Affleck and Damon seem to be taking a lighter tone for it, considering that Seinfeld writer Dave Mandel is working on the screenplay. I’m sure that the two Boston natives are chomping to take some good-natured swipes at the Yankees on camera.
The Yankee Universe (not our trademark!) needs to respond. Billy Crystal and Spike Lee, get on it.
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