Matt Damon And Ben Affleck May Don Yankee Pinstripes For ‘The Trade’

Back in the before-time, when Y2K was on everybody’s lips and the threat of terrorism was a distant one, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck were unstoppable, childhood friends who, as we saw in “Dogma” and “Good Will Hunting,” share great on-screen chemistry as well. Work took them in different directions as the millennium turned and, for years now, they’ve done their own thing.

Well that’s all about to change. And in a delicious twist for Big Apple residents, the Boston boys will be wearing New York Yankees pinstripes. In the words of the great Nelson Muntz… “Haw haw!!!” NOTE: After the jump you’ll find a complete, full-sized version of the above image!

Affleck and Damon will come together for “The Trade,” a based-on-truth tale of two Yankees pitchers who traded wives in the 1970s, according to Deadline Hollywood. Damon will play one of the two pitchers while Affleck, who will direct, might take the other one.

As the real-life story goes, teammates Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich (Damon’s part) revealed during 1973 spring training that their wives would be swapped. Peterson went on to form a happy union with his teammates wife, though the reverse is not true.

Deadline Hollywood credits the sudden interest in “The Trade” to the writing. The script comes from David Mandel, a “Curb Your Enthusiasm” executive producer whose last writing credit is the not-terrible 2004 comedy “Euro Trip.” Notably, Damon has a brief yet hilarious cameo in “Euro Trip,” a shaved headed rocker with piercings and an affinity for rough play in bed. In other words, just another typecast role for the “Bourne” star.

The report also reveals that “Dazed and Confused” director Richard Linklater has some interest in directing. It seems that that’s not going to happen however, as Affleck intends to collaborate with Mandel on a rewrite and direct it himself. Which wouldn’t be such a terrible thing, given the great job he did with “Gone Baby Gone.”

And now, for all of you Yankee fans, here’s the full version of the image seen at the top of this post. And yes, it is a beautiful thing.