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Who would have thought we would have another New York Yankees film on our hands? We already have the “Keeper of the Pinstripes” set for release in May 2011. Now, Warner Bros. is set to produce a movie called The Trade, according to Deadline Hollywood. The movie is about Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich, and their wife swap scandal back in the spring training of 1973. Not only that, but Dave Mandel (the writer of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm) is writing the script for the movie. How much better can it get? The Yankees-Seinfeld connection lives on. The production of this film is being delayed because they haven’t secured the rights to their life stories, and they are currently pending. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, two well-known die-hard Red Sox fans have been attached to this film. It would be pretty funny seeing both of them in NY Yankee uniforms.

I have to admit, I never heard about this story before. When I asked my father about it, he seemed well aware of the story. These guys are best remembered for this shocking scandal, and that’s what makes it quite humorous. This is what I love about the Yankees..the controversy, rich history, and these intriguing stories. Only in New York.

From Deadline Hollywood.com:

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. 

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