Playing for Peanuts Uncensored
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(Apr 01, 2012)
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I particularly laughed at the front office people trying to be league officers and GM's in this league. There was a reason they went to an independent club/league as opposed to affiliated clubs and a reason that the league barely limped through one season before folding. I also enjoyed seeing the video and then hearing how the press, many of them not even at the park, wrote about several of the "incidents". The press would write one story and you could clearly see the video evidence that it was not true. The press seemed to kind of set up Wally "for the ratings game" and did not truthfully report the events. After several years in fire and law enforcement service; I know full well how the press does NOT get it right very often or even try very hard to be accurate. They never let truth/facts get in the way of a good story.
If you love baseball, if you feel the depression of the dark days from the end of the season until the start of spring training, if you ever wondered what it was like to try to work your way up into the bigs, this could be a good view for you. If you have never been part of a team, or not been in the locker rooms as a player or a coach, or only watched the game a few times on TV, this may be too intense for you. Be warned there is a lot of profanity, but accurately portrayed as the way it often is found behind the scene in the game of baseball.
Let's just get this out of the way: the Backman tirade after Doc Brooks gets tossed is, as Wally might say, the best f&&@ing thing I've ever seen. Lasorda, Weaver, Sparky Anderson, Billy Martin...none of then have anything on Wally's rant.
So I thought "maybe I've seen the best on YouTube." I couldn't be more wrong. Seeing the grind of day-to-day minor league baseball is highlighted in this documentary. The guy that put this together really knows how to tell a story through his work. The, probably ordinarily, boring life of a minor leaguer is highlighted in a very entertaining way. You come out of this rooting for the players and wondering "how the f@&$" Wally never got his shot in the big leagues. You will also become a Wally fan.
Players and coaches are mic'd up through games. There are conversations after games. This is real life stuff.
If you're reading this wondering if you'd like this documentary, and you're a baseball fan of any kind, the answer is "yes." If you're buying this as a gift, the person (assuming they love baseball) will love it!
I bought the original version, then I bought the uncensored version. While I own practically every baseball movie and documentary, this is one of my 5 favorites.
Buy this with confidence.
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Wally Backman is a great coach hands down. Best minor league real life story. EVER. please buy the uncensored if you want it told to you for realPublished 4 months ago by meplaydrum
Wally goes up against umpires who think the fans in the stands bought tickets to see them umpire. He argues his points and declares their true ancestry.Published on April 13, 2014 by Philip R. Tate