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In English and Spanish with English Subtitles
An engrossing expose! --Ronnie Scheib, Variety
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There are two facts that you will learn quickly as the film begins: 1) 205 of all major league baseball, players come from the Dominican Republic and 2) July 2nd is the first day that MLB teams can draft a player (who must be at least 16 years old). The film follows two young men as they (and their trainers and agents - who get as much as 35% of the contract fee if the player is signed but NOTHING if no contract is completed) try to negotiate multi-million dollar contracts to get them out of the poverty they live in in the DR. Players from the DR began playing in US MLB in the 1960s but by the 1980s, they were getting $million contracts. Now it's, not about the game, but about "show me the money".
My fellow Amazon reviewer, K. Harris, has provided many details, so I won't re-hash those, but add some additional info I think you might find helpful.
The film is narrated in English by actor John Leguizamo and there are English subtitles for when the participants speak in Spanish, as well as many times they are speaking in English. The subtitles, while in white text, are easy to read. The soundtrack. Composed of both original music and DR pop songs, is great (I wonder if there is a soundtrack CD) and moves the film along quickly.
The DVD has no bonus features other than the Original Trailer and a photo gallery.
You'll look at the corporate world of Major League Baseball in a whole new light (and not a pleasant one, I might add) after watching this film.Read more ›
Narrated by John Leguizamo, the film begins in the months preceding the annual July 2nd draft day for sixteen year old prospects. This is a big day for the country when most of the top players will receive offers, hopefully accompanied by the largest signing bonuses. The story follows two players, in particular, (and their coaches and families) as they are scouted before the big day. One is a solid short stop battling nerves, one is a wunderkind likely to be the star recruit of the season. The course does not run smoothly for either boy, and what unravels is a compelling drama that veers to some very unexpected places. I won't reveal too much, but one of the stories ends up being quite an indictment of MLB and its recruiting practices. A typical sports documentary morphs into a true-life thriller that is both entertaining and disturbing.Read more ›
It shows them working out and they appear to be able to play. But, when they go to try outs they appear to struggle. It is said that it is nerves (hmmm).
Mostly in Spanish with English subtitles a mom has all her hopes on her son, nine people live in their home.
Then, there is a question of one player's age so a battery of test is done to determine his actual age. When it is discovered they aspire to come up with a lame story and blame it on a dead guy, tired.
Interesting but if a youngster can have a trainer (the trainer gets 35 persent of signing bonus) couldn't about anybody accomplish this goal? There never appears to be any games played. How many Little League World Series player go through this pipeline? Any?
One player that signs (he is 16) hopes to be in the Majors by the time he is 21-years-old. Really? If you are really good you can make it before that. Strange. See Sugar and Player Named Later for more of this type of material.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful explanation of MLB's slave auction of D.R. players. The same thing goes on in VZ, Colombia, Aruba, Mexico.Published 3 months ago by Colin Cole
I show this documentary to my Spanish students (9,10, 11, 12 grade). They really enjoy it, specially if they are into sports. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Maria M.
This is a GREAT movie for a high school class. There is a pretty even balance from Spanish and English and the Spanish parts are subtitled in English. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Christina
Great story-line. My students enjoyed it but I had to censor one part where the players were learning English and the Spanish was subtitled with the F-bomb. Ugh!! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Regibus
Unfortunately, the dvd wouldn't load in my dvd player. Will have to try it on my computer.Published 17 months ago by Jesse Cole
This doc film is a great insight into the lives of the Dominican republic baseball prospects and the new "American" pasttime. Check it out....Worth watching!Published 22 months ago by A.J. Ray
My nephews love baseball. I thought it would be a good idea to get this video for them. They have enjoyed it.Published 22 months ago by Andres Vazquez
This documentary was interesting and a bit disturbing at the same time. Children whose future rests on their ability to be chosen by a MLB team to play baseball. Read morePublished 23 months ago by LisaC