Episode #1: “#1 Baseball Team - On Top of the World!”
Scene 1: Home of Joe and Sara Foster - Morning
Beloved Nashville kid’s baseball Coach, Joe Foster and his two adorable children, (Jeremy and Jackie), serve Joe’s lovely wife, Sara breakfast in bed on their wedding anniversary. Joe surprises Sara with a new, beautiful diamond wedding ring. Sara, delighted with the sentimental gift wonders if the gesture is too extravagant, for their modest family income. Joe reminds Sara of his promise to give her a better ring, when finances would allow. Joe tries to reassure his wife not to feel guilty about the diamond, reminding Sara and their children, about his recent job promotion. Joe declares that he’s “on top of the world”, thanks to a wife who he dearly loves, two great kids and a winning baseball game.
Scene 2: Nashville Baseball Field - Evening
As an enthusiastic Nashville crowd watches the league of young boys play baseball, teammates ridicule Jeremy, Coach Joe Foster’s son. Jeremy reluctantly walks up to the plate to bat, at his evening baseball game. Feeling the pressure of the game circumstances, (the bottom of the ninth inning, with two strikes), Jeremy strikes out, causing his team to loose the game. The embarrassed and disappointed Jeremy feels as if he has let down his baseball coach Dad. Sara Foster and her sister, Linda Johnson, drive defeated, young Jeremy home, after the game. Coach Foster says goodbye to his family and stays behind at the ballpark to lock up the facility and turn off the field lights. Joe proceeds to drive home.
Scene 3: Nashville Truck Stop -- Bobby Ray’s Uptown Cafe - Later on that same Evening
Trucker, Bill Elkins, thoroughly exhausted from a long day of driving his eighteen wheeler, stops at Bobby Ray’s Uptown Café to get a quick cup of coffee. Bill knows caffeine is his only hope, if he is to stay up all night to drive to his destination on time. Innocently, Bill flirts with the pretty food server, Loretta Sweetwater, as she serves him coffee, at the popular Nashville truck stop. Establishment owner, and cook, Bobby Ray Bueller, Jr., observes their interaction from the kitchen and displays a hint of jealousy. Bill generously tips Loretta twenty dollars for the coffee and makes her a promise to one day return for her, to show her the “time of her life”. Sweet natured Loretta, flattered by Bill Elkin’s comments, humors him and shows compassion for the trucker, forced to drive for so many continuous hours. Trucker, Bill Elkins blows Loretta a kiss, as he whisks out the truck stop door, hops into his rig and drives off into the night. Annoyed at the familiarity displayed by the flirtatious trucker, Bobby Ray quickly emerges from the kitchen and stands next to Loretta, as a protective and somewhat possessive gesture.
Scene 4: Nashville Highway - Even Later that same Evening
Baseball Coach, Joe Foster gets in his family sedan, parked at the ball field and begins his drive home. Anxious to return to his family, he finds himself hesitant at the same time. As Joe makes the familiar drive home, he thinks about his son Jeremy and tries to formulate the words he will use to console the child, about causing the team to loose the game. Joe knows the sensitive young boy will feel guilt and shame, over once again striking out, causing his team, (previously on a winning streak), to loose tonight’s game. Joe Foster sighs, as he recognizes the disappointing close, to what promised to be joyful wedding anniversary day, for the Foster couple.
In the black of the night, driving on the same highway, (in the opposite direction from Joe Foster), trucker Bill Elkins puts the pedal to the metal, tempting fate, in an effort to make his hectic delivery schedule. Worn out and completely drowsy, Bill feels he has no choice, so despite serious reservations, he presses on. Clearly, the caffeinated coffee from Bobby Ray’s Café, was no match for Bill’s exhaustion. Like a bruised and battered prize fighter, in a battle for his life, Bill struggles to keep his focus and his eyes open and on the road. For a split second, Bill’s eyes slowly shut, as he nods off. Bill was no longer in control of his massive truck. On the other side of the highway, Joe’s train of thought about his son was suddenly interrupted. Out of nowhere, bright lights blind Coach Joe Foster, as he swerves to avoid a collision.
Just when it was “lights out” for truck driver, Bill Elkins, night time seemed to turn to day for Coach Joe Foster, as his world became brighter than ever. It seems Joe and Bill were both blind and out of control, not a good combination.
Will Coach Foster make it home for his anniversary celebration with his wife? Will trucker, Bill Elkins be a hero with his boss and make the delivery on time? Will Coach Foster’s Nashville baseball team pick themselves up and win the next game? Will son, Jeremy Foster be able to forgive himself for loosing the baseball game?
Stayed tuned for the next exciting episode of “Coach Foster Fights Back”.