Richie is a video store clerk with bad social skills and was bullied as a kid. He also has rather awkward mannerisms towards as he tires to impress a girl at Pizza Hut named Sarah.
Richie and Clark were bullied as young kids and not very good ad baseball but so Gus invites them to play in the late afternoon. However, they are challenged by the bullies (the coach of whom is Jerry McDowell, one the guy's childhood bully) and they defeat the guys. The millionaire father of Nelson, Mel, invites Richie Gus and Clark to form a team called The Benchwarmers and they become the sensation of the league, with a legion of outcast cheering for the team.
When Richie gets insulted by the catcher in the semi finals, he imagines his apponents head as a mailbox and hits a home run and he kicks the catcher in the face to make a home run.
At the semi-final game, Jerry convinces coach Wayne to bribe the umpire by entering his Dominican friend Carlos into the league claiming him to be 12 years old (despite the fake birth certificate being written in green crayon). Carlos proved to be a professional, who purposely stepped on Gus' hand to to injure it to much for him to pitch. But the Benchwarmers eventually manage to defeat Carlos by making him too drunk to actually pitch properly and they manage to win when Richie's agoraphobic brother Howie is hit by the pitch but forces the winning run.
When Gus' secret past of being a bully; known for using name calling over physical force and had bullied one child so intensely that the boy, named Marcus, had to be sent to a mental institution; bullied as a kid is revealed, he is kicked off the time. He apologizes to the kid Marcus and at the final game Marcus gives a touching speech to how he forgives Gus. Richie and Clark and the whole crowd are moved by this.
In the final game, Gus, Clark and Richie do not play; rather, they let a team of Nelson and other children play, to give them a chance to compete. The final is played against a team with a heartless coach, Jerry, who practically torments his players – and was Richie and Clark's main bully when they were children. Nelson hits the ball, and Jerry's team lets him score a run, saying that Jerry is "the loser". The Benchwarmers storm the field, celebrating the fact that they were not shut out, and they give an enraged Jerry a taste of his own medicine, giving him a wedgie. Later, The Benchwarmers celebrate at Pizza Hut where Richie and Clark manage to kiss girls.