So word is that former Yankee Mike Kekich is trying to block a movie based on the wife swapping scandal that shocked baseball fans in the 1970s. In 1972, Kekich and fellow pitcher Fritz Peterson swapped wifes, kids and pets. This event took “key parties” to a whole new level.
Anyway, Kekich is not too thrilled that Ben Affleck, his brother Casey and good friend Matt Damon want to go forward with the project. The Affleck brothers are writing the script and Damon may direct the film.
As reported in the New York Post:
“Kekich is panic-stricken. He has moved away and has a new identity,” a source told the Post. “He is freaked out that those working on the movie found out where he is. He isn’t too keen on having the scandal dredged up again after all this time. Other Yankees from that time have also been really unhelpful with facts and details of what happened. They are stonewalling.”
I don’t blame him. As tantalizing as the story may be, this event happened nearly forty years ago and Kekich doesn’t want to have revisit those days. There’s nothing wrong with that. He’s moved on. Peterson is actually still married to Kekich’s ex wife Susan.
It also doesn’t help that Affleck is a known Yankee hater. He once called all Yankee fans evil in an interview with Kevin Smith back in early 2004 when promoting their movie “Jersey Girl” and recently Affleck told MTV:
“I’ve come to have a little more respect for the Yankees. There are some of those guys … that look like good guys … But as an institution? Disdain. Contempt.“
I won’t deny that Ben Affleck has talent. I loved “Good WIll Hunting” which he co-wrote and starred in with Damon and I’ve heard great things about “The Town” but I do not want someone with such disdain for my favorite team to write a script about them, no matter what the film is about.