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  • March 25th, 2013

    DVD Review: Knuckleball

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:27 pm in Baseball,Red Sox,Review Comments (9)

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    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!

    9 Responses to “DVD Review: Knuckleball”

    1. Mike says:

      I will always remember the season Wake had in 1995 when he started the season like 15-1 and tailed off near the end of the season. He finished top 5 in the CY Young that season as well.

    2. Lisa from Subway Squawkers says:

      Can I say his pitch to Aaron Boone in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS was my favorite memory? 😉

      Seriously, this Yankee fan gained a lot of respect for Time Wakefield after seeing Knuckleball last year. He’s a good dude. So I would say that his appearance in the movie would be my favorite memory. And I’d love to see the DVD!

    3. Cameron B. says:

      Wakefield gave all Red Sox fans much to remember him for through out his career. One of my favorite memories was in 2009 when he was selected for that year’s all-star game. It was the first time he had ever made the all-star team and it gave the world a great opportunity to know more about my favorite pitcher!

    4. Cameron B. says:

      2nd choice, how about al wakefield had done off the field? MLB recognized him in 2010 for all his charitable work. Love it when athletes give back with their time and not just their money.

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