"The Night Manny Mota Tied the Record" takes place in Dodger Stadium on August 7, 1979 during a game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros. During that game, one fan, without once leaving his seat, is going to have an experience that will change him forever. An old man takes the seat next to our fan and begins talking about the funeral of Yankee catcher Thurman Munson who had died just five days earlier when the great catcher crashed the small airplane in which he was flying home for a short break from the pressures of Yankee baseball.
Things begin to go off the track a bit when the old man remarks just before the playing of the national anthem that, "Death need not be as final as many of us are used to believing." But it is when the two men have retaken their seats after the anthem, that the old man removes any remaining doubt about his weirdness by saying,"What would you say if I told you that it might just be possible to move time back, like a newsreel being played in reverse, and undo what has been done?"
Ah, but our narrating fan is no fool. He knows that there has to be a catch to anything with the potential to do that level of good...or evil. But, because the narrator senses that the old man is as big a baseball fan as he is, he decides to listen anyway - and will be given a chance to impact positively the greatest game of them all in a way he would never have dared dream possible even an hour earlier.