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No great story begins with "...and they lived happily ever after." You have to have heroes and villains. The villains walk all over the heroes for most of the novel because the hero hasn't learned how to defeat the bad guys.
This is a great story. It begins with happy times(the first great Red Sox dynasty of the early 1900's). Then there is a tragedy(Babe Ruth is sold off). There is strife and struggle(1946, 1975, 1978, 1986, 1997, 2003). There are fools and follies(Tom Yawkey's racist attitude, Dan Duquette guts the team). Then the heroes meet some fine allies(John Henry, Larry Luchino and Theo Epstein take the club in a totally new direction by signing Terry Francona, Keith Foulke, and Curt Schilling among others). The heroes charge the gates(the Sox defeat the Angels in four straight). They encounter the Royal Guard and suffer many casualties(they lose three straight to the Yanks). One small band of men charge the Royal Guard and defeat them(David Ortiz, Curt Schilling, and Dave Roberts play key factors in the Sox winning the next four games and going to the World Series). The heroes encounter the King, who tries to fight them off to no avail(the Cards go down quietly in four games) and the heroes claim the prize(the Sox win the trophy). The villagers rejoice and peace is restored to the land(the Sox ride duck boats through the streets of Beantown with hundreds of thousands of fans showing their love).
So you see, it makes the happy ending much sweeter when it is borne of an unhappy past. I LOVE THIS DVD! And I love Red Sox Nation and their fans.
It's a remake of an HBO documentary shown early in 2004, going over the Red Sox list of heartbreaks from 1918 to 2003. A variety of people are interviewed on that show, including fans, entertainers (Steven Wright, Denis Leary) and media types.
A little editing took that portion down to 45 minutes or so for this new version. Then comes the revision, all about the 2004 playoffs.
The producers were smart enough to back to the same people for their comments. As you'd expect, they were thrilled. Speechless at times. There are plenty of great shots of the games, but even better are the pictures of the family connections involved here.
Particularly moving is a scene at a graveyard, in which a woman tells her parents about the Red Sox victory and places a balloon by the gravestone. A sign saying how someone's late parents and grandparents thank the team also draws emotions.
I've got a copy of this, but I always stop to watch it when I happen to see it on HBO. Yeah, it's nice to see Dave Roberts steal second again, and David Ortiz walk off a winner, but this captures the feelings that came out of the bottle after 86 years of shaking. If you are a long-time Red Sox fan, spend your money on this one.
on the contrary i enjoy the rivalry and i feel for the long suffering bosox fans of new england.
and this dvd tells their story well.
i recommend this, along with the movie i saw last night "Fever Pitch" with jimmy fallon and drew barrymore.
this is an excellent documentary.
the editorial review and description above give you a very good overall view of what this doc consists of so i will just chime in with that i've watched it and can NOT recomment it enough!
But this is all redeemed by the most improbable events in sports history. This DVD makes you feel again how unlikely the Sox comeback was. As one person says, if it was a movie nobody would believe it.
There is one perfect segment in the film where each of the people interviewed chokes up when talking about the Sox victory and is momentarily unable to continue. Dennis Leary, Steven Wright and regular fans are all effected the same way. 2004 was an emotionally overwhelming experience and this DVD brings it back again.
The last segment with Sox fans celebrating the win with departed relatives at gravesites captures the true depth of Red Sox Nation feeling but can be difficult to watch.
This is a great DVD to view with your kids. Mine slowly gravitated to the screen as I watched and were riveted. By the end, I think they understood their "crazy Red Sox fan father" a little better.
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