November 13th, 2013
***Read on to find out how you can win a copy of this amazing documentary for your baseball library!***
Offering a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the Dominican Republic’s obsession with baseball, viewers will quickly understand that, to the residents of this island nation, America’s National Pastime is more than just a game – it’s a way of life. As the 2013 Fall Classic® in is full swing, IndiePix® brings Road to the Big Leagues to DVD.
Featuring interviews with Dominican big league stars such as David Ortiz and Vladimir Guererro, this documentary, called “a well-addressed portrayal of pursuing a dream, believing in your heroes, and putting every obstacle aside, ” also features championship-caliber extras including a behind-the-scenes featurette from the Dominican Winter League, David Ortiz in training, an interview with director Goodman and more!
“I was once just like the young men in this film.” — All-Star Outfielder Vladimir Guererro.
Baseball in the Dominican Republic is more than just a game – it is a way of life. Featured in prestigious film festivals across the country and on ESPN Deportes, this crowd-pleaser follows a group of talented young players as they embark on their personal odysseys in the footsteps of Dominican stars and future Hall of Famers Sammy Sosa (Texas Rangers), Manny Ramirez (Boston Red Sox), Pedro Martinez (New York Mets) and many other notables. Through the eyes of local children to the perspective of homegrown major league superstars David Ortiz and Vladimir Guerrero, this feature-length documentary reveals a side of “America’s Game” that few have ever seen before.
This Caribbean nation has made a name for itself as the powerhouse in the international baseball scene. It is no coincidence that every year during the past four years, at least one baseball player with Dominican roots has been named the League’s most valuable player and, each year on average, 450 young Dominicans sign baseball contracts. Why — and how — is this country such a vibrant source of talent? And what does it take for these Dominicans to lift themselves out of a poverty-stricken environment and make it in the majors? Road to the Big Leagues takes viewers from the dusty streets where young dreamers play vitilla (their version of stickball) to the nation’s high-pressure development camps where kids like 17 year-old Juan Cabrera work out for major league scouts (Cabrera eventually signs for more money than he ever imagined), study English and, through it all, manage to just be kids.
Whether you’re a die-hard baseball fan, documentary aficionado or a lover of real-life human dramas, Road to The Big Leagues is a captivating and unforgettable story that will take you through the poverty, opportunity, pressure and success that touches the lives of the people who are trying to make it big. And after viewing it, it will come as no surprise why some of the most proud and talented baseball players in the world can trace their roots through this experience.
DVD Extras include: David Ortiz training in the Dominican Republic ? Behind-the-Scenes at Quisqueya-Dominican Winter League ? Interview with Director Jared Goodman ? Previously unreleased interview with Minnesota Twin Carlos Gomez.
And this is your chance to be the very first person on your block to own one–FREE. I have five (5) copies to give away, and all you have to do is share your favorite Red Sox Memory, here in the comments on Boston Red Thoughts, on Facebook, or on Twitter @bostonredthots. Enter as many times as you wish, and 5 will be chosen at random on Monday, November 18th, and those folks will win their very own copy!
If you are looking to purchase a copy, head on over to Amazon, and you can buy it here…
Good Luck, and start sharing those memories!