The Benchwarmers is a 2006 American sports-comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan. It stars Rob Schneider, Jon Heder, and David Spade. It is produced by Happy Madison Productions and distributed by Columbia Pictures and Revolution Studios.
Gus, Clark, and Richie (Rob Schneider, Jon Heder, and David Spade) are three middle-aged nerds; Clark and Richie were the unpopular kids who were constantly bullied by jocks and always benched at the Little League baseball games, because of their less-than-stellar athletic abilities. When a nerdy boy named Nelson and his friends are kicked off a nearby baseball diamond by a team of bullies, Gus and Clark chase the bullies away. When Gus and Clark return with Richie to play again and get back their feel for the game, the bullies return and demand that they leave. Gus challenges the bullies to play them for the field, and the three friends, despite Clark and Richie's poor abilities, win the game. Days later, one of Clark and Richie's bullies, Brad, challenges them to another baseball game with his team, but the three friends win again.
Later, Nelson's billionaire father, Mel (Jon Lovitz), tells the trio that he's impressed with their wins, and explains his plan to hold a round-robin with all the little league teams in the state, plus their team. The winners will be given access to a new multi-million dollar baseball park that he's building. Wanting to capture the spirit and fun they never had when they were kids, the three decide to form the Benchwarmers and join the tournament. They prepare to compete with all the other teams, despite the fact that they're three adults squaring off against nine kids per team.
After winning the first game, Mel's friend, former New York Yankees superstar Reggie Jackson, helps the Benchwarmers (mainly Clark and Richie) train using unorthodox methods (childhood pranks and games such as ding-dong ditch, hot potato, and mailbox smashing). In the second game, just as the Benchwarmers are about to lose, Richie uses one of Reggie's unorthodox methods to score a home run, winning the game.
The Benchwarmers then go from county to county (including Gus' hometown, Brookdale), winning the next two games to make it to the semi-finals. In the semi-finals, the rival team hires a drunken 50-year-old Spanish man named Carlos to be the team's new pitcher by bribing the umpire into thinking Carlos is 12 with money and a fake birth certificate. Which is basically a picture of Carlos taped on a pice of paper that has the words "I am 12" written bellow the picture in green crayon. Carlos is more than a match for the Benchwarmers, but they manage to outwit Carlos and make it to the last inning. In the last inning, the umpire has Richie's agoraphobic younger brother, Howie (Nick Swardson), be on deck. Howie ends up getting hit in the arm by Carlos, but forces in the winning run for the Benchwarmers, sending them to the finals.
Just when it's looking like the stadium is all theirs, a bully named Steven (Terry Crews) reports to the public that Gus was a brutal bully himself as a child, not a victim of bullies like Clark and Richie. He had bullied one kid so intensely that the kid, a boy named Marcus, had to be sent to an institution. Gus is kicked off the team as a result, but at his wife, Liz's (Molly Sims), suggestion, Gus apologizes to Marcus (Joey Gnoffo), who arrives at the final game to reveal to the crowd what Gus did, and Gus re-joins the team, announcing that Marcus is the Benchwarmers' new third-base coach.
In the final game, Gus, Clark, and Richie do not play; rather, they let a team of Nelson and other kids play in the final game, to give them a chance to compete. The final game is played against a team with a heartless coach, Jerry (dubbed by Gus as "Fairy Jerry") (Craig Kilborn), who practically torments his players - and was Richie and Clark's main bully when they were kids. In the bottom of the 6th inning, the Benchwarmers are losing, 42-0, when Jerry's team, after realizing that the true meaning of baseball is to have fun, throws Nelson a "meatball" pitch down the middle. Nelson hits the ball, and Jerry's team lets him score a run, saying that Jerry is "the loser". The Benchwarmers storm the field, celebrating the fact that they were not shut out—and the guys give an enraged Jerry a taste of his own medicine, hanging him from the dugout fence by his underwear.
The Benchwarmers celebrate at Pizza Hut, where Gus reveals to everyone that he is going to be a father, because he "went all the way" with Liz. Everyone celebrates, except for Howie, who screams in terror after realizing what "went all the way" meant.
Clark: Is bad ass one or two words?
Kyle: Time to meet your makers!
Clark: Makers of what? POOP?
Gus: Clark, could you not pick your nose in front of me?
Clark: I'm not picking, I'm scratching.
Gus: Scratching what? Your brain?
Clark: Yeah, 'cause it's huge.