The pickoff play in question was absolutely done in "Rookie of the Year," not "Little Big League."
First, from "Little Big League" — and yes, this is definitely a balk (you can't fake a throw to first base, ever).
Sadly, I couldn't find Henry Rowengartner and the Cubs fooling the poor New York Met with an intentional walk and the hidden ball trick seen in yesterday's post, and since I haven't seen the movie in so long, I can't remember if that was a legal play or not. I'm leaning towards not, but it's probably unwise to nit-pick a movie in which a 12-year-old breaks his arm and suddenly throws 100 mph fastballs.
In any case, I'm supposed to be working here, so I'll toss out some links and move on.
— Haven't seen this one anywhere around the 'Sphere just yet, but here's a solid interview with Ian Rapaport. It's candid, slightly revealing and very fun to read.
— Speaking of cool interviews, here are parts one, two and three of an interview conducted by Capstone with Homer Smith. Sweet.
— What's up at Texas A&M? SMQ has more. Honestly, I'm prepared to root for the Aggies again ... now that there's no one named "Fran" on their sideline. I wish that dude nothing but the worst in life.
— Finally, some thoughts about Nick Saban's generous scholarship donation, from Cecil and Finebaum.