March 25th, 2013
See below on how you can WIN a copy of this great DVD!
When the movie Knuckleball was released for a limited run in movie theatres across the country, I was so very disappointed that it never got close enough for me to go and see it on the big screen.
So when I was approached to review the DVD of the movie, I was psyched. Tim Wakefield has always been one of my favorite players, and after reading R.A. Dickey’s book, Wherever I Wind Up (I reviewed it here) I was a fan of his as well. And I have always found the knuckleball to be a fascinating pitch, despite the fact that every time a knuckleball pitcher is on the mound, commentators always insist on trotting out the same, tired clichés, such as “How do you catch a knuckleball? You wait until it stops rolling, and you pick it up…”
Distributed by MPI/FilmBuff, Knuckleball is from from acclaimed filmmakers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg (The Devil Came on Horseback; Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work), and chronicles the 2011 campaign for both Wake and R.A., and talks with them about the trials and tribulations of working with this extraordinary fickle and mystifying pitch.
In addition to the the 85 minute documentary chock full of interviews with not only the 2 pitchers, and others who have worked with, or been on the receiving end of the strange and wonderful pitch, there are TONS (over 2 hours!) of extra bonus features, including an interview with Tim Wakefield on Remembering the 2003 ALCS, and features on Hitters on Knuckleball, Future of the Pitch, Managers on Knuckleballers, and Tommy John on the Knuckleball…
Available where all good DVD’s are sold Knuckleball is a must have for your favorite Red Sox or Mets fan–or anyone who is a student of the game. I loved every minute of it. Check it out!
And, in to coincide with its release next Tuesday, April 2nd, I have 3, count ’em THREE copies to give away! Want to be the first on your block to have one? Just leave me a comment with your favorite memory of Tim Wakefield, either here at Boston Red Thoughts, on BRT’s Facebook Page, or tweet it to @bostonredthots on Twitter.
And I will get the ball rolling with a favorite memory of my own: When Wake was given the honor to start Game 1 of the 2004 World Series. After the horribleness of the 2003 ALCS, and the fact that he took one for the team in Game 4 of the 2004, it was a right and fitting “Thank you” for all the crap Wake had taken over the years…
Deadline to enter is Opening Day, April 1st at 12:00 noon. You can enter more than once, and the winner will be drawn at random from all the entries received. So, start posting and tweeting, and Good Luck!