Mickey Labriogla is the best catcher in the league. He's got a cannon for an arm, calls a great game, and blocks the plate like a bulldozer with shin guards. But when a hotshot new pitcher joins the Dulaney Orioles, Mickey wonders if it isn't time to find another position, or maybe another team. Zoom is the most arrogant player the Orioles have ever seen. But even coach Labriogla, Mickey's dad, seems willing to overlook the kid's insufferable behavior because of his talent. When Mickey and Zoom find themselves rivals for the attention of the mysterious Abby Elliott, who works the concession stand, any chance the two teammates might have of eventually learning to get along goes out the window. As the Orioles head to an inevitable showdown in the new "super-regional" playoff against Zoom's old team, the powerful Laurel Yankees, the clash between Mickey and Zoom threatens to break the team apart and derail a championship season.