Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Movie About Sports Looks More Interesting Than Most Movies About Sports

I sat behind the plate at Fenway Park in Boston a few years back and watched Tim Wakefield pitch a game with his knuckleball, and man, the way the ball dove and rose and fluttered and swerved—sometimes, clearly to a distance of feet—it was about the closest thing to magic I've ever seen with my own eyes. The science is hard to understand. (For me at least.) It has to do with air currents and friction created by the seams of the ball and turbulence and vortices. Anyway, Awl pal Christine Schomer helped make what looks to be an excellent documentary about the subject. And here's hoping that knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (who another Awl pal, David Roth, describes as speaking like "a character in a Charles Portis novel") wins the National League Cy Young award this year.

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hockeymom (#143)

This looks great (and as someone who works with editors on a daily basis, the trailer rocks. The music/sot/nats/video…all perfect. Hats off to the editor!)

Edith Zimmerman (#5,210)

Oh man, this looks incredible.

Allllso I once waited around with a bunch of children (as in, a lone adult in a group of children) for Doug Mirabelli's signature. WORTH IT. Plus he's hot. "Plus."

freetzy (#7,018)

You know what? Gary Sheffield is my all-time favorite sports asshole. Who's yours? Tell us in the comments below.

whizz_dumb (#10,650)

Wow I am really into this. I hope it plays in a Bay Area theater because I want to spend money in support. But why is Jeter's face in the title screen-shot thing? It should be R.A., who gave an amazing interview to NPR a few months back. I wonder if the doc talks about the forkball and how it has a similar effect but messes up pitchers hands more. I throw the fork on oh-and-two counts.

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