Former Yankee Mike Kekich is desperate to block Ben Affleck and Matt Damon's movie "The Trade," based on the huge scandal when he and fellow pitcher Fritz Peterson swapped wives in the 1970s, the New York Post reported.
Die-hard Red Sox fan Affleck and his brother, Casey, are rewriting a second version of the script and have hired veteran sportswriters to help reach out to Yankees from that era.
But Kekich, who is believed to have created a completely new life and family in New Mexico, is refusing to participate.
"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."
The amazing drama started in 1972 after the two hurlers, old friends, joked about swapping wives. They followed through on it, although word did not get out until the spring of '73.
Peterson moved in with Kekich, but it did not last. Susanne Kekich and Fritz are still married and live in New Jersey and Colorado. Kekich reportedly remarried and had another daughter.
Actresses being considered include Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz and Rebecca Hall. Ben Affleck recently confirmed he and Casey were rewriting the script, and hinted that Damon may direct. It was not certain that he and Damon would play the pitchers.
The script has not yet been shown to Major League Baseball or the Yankees, another source confirmed. Reps for Affleck, Damon and the team declined to comment. A source close to Affleck said he was working on many projects and is currently focused on directing a political thriller, "Argo," which he is about to start shooting.