Baseball all-star Cory Brand knows what it takes to win in the big leagues. But off the field, with memories of his past haunting him, his life is spiraling out of control.
Hoping to save her client’s career and reputation after a DUI and a team suspension, Cory’s agent sends him back to the small town where he grew up. Forced to coach the local youth baseball team and spend eight weeks in the only recovery program in town, Cory can’t wait to return to his old life as quickly as possible.
As his young players help him re-experience the joy of the game, Cory realizes his need for freedom from his past and hope for his future … and win back the love he left behind. With this unexpected second chance, Cory finds himself on a powerful journey of transformation and redemption.
Based on thousands of true stories, HOME RUN is a powerful reminder that with God, it’s never too late … freedom is possible.
About the Production
After more than three decades of developing faith-based television and film projects, Producers Carol Spann-Mathews of Hero Productions and Tom Newman of Impact Productions set out to create a feature film that would offer a uniquely authentic, accessible message of hope. With a team of writers, they spent 19 months crafting HOME RUN, the story of alcoholic baseball star Cory Brand and his journey through fame, rock bottom and redemption. HOME RUN provides a candid look at addiction and transformation, inviting audiences to examine their own struggles and consider the possibility of recovery through Christ.
Mathews was committed to delivering this invitation as organically and credibly as possible, which led them to incorporate Celebrate Recovery into the story. In order to truly understand and depict the “real” Celebrate Recovery, each member of the HOME RUN production team journeyed through the program as participants. They also worked closely with Norma Murphy, SHBC’s Celebrate Recovery ministry leader, to select compelling, real testimonials shared by other program participants. By integrating the testimonials and their own personal discoveries into the script, they created a powerfully realistic experience for their protagonist and helped shine the spotlight on the Celebrate Recovery movement. “We want people who feel imprisoned by their choices or habits to know they don’t have to carry that burden alone anymore,” said Spann-Mathews. “We hope people will sit in the theater and see themselves, and will consider that whatever holds them back, God can heal it. Change is possible.”