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Road to the Big Leagues (Rumbo A Las Grandes Ligas)

4.2 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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Baseball in the Dominican Republic is not just a game. For many Dominicans the long, competitive road to a professional baseball career is one of the few viable alternatives to a life of poverty. RUMBO A LAS GRANDES LIGAS (ROAD TO THE BIG LEAGUES) introduces you to the young men who embark on this odyssey and shows you first hand the pressure and joy that go along with it. Through the eyes of local kids playing with pebbles to the perspective of Dominican major league stars David Ortiz and Vladimir Guerrero, this documentary reveals a side of 'America's Game' that few have ever seen before. This DVD has been specially produced and includes the following features: -An exclusive look at David Ortiz training in the Dominican Republic -Behind the scenes at opening day of the Dominican Winter League with MLB stars Hanley Ramirez and Curtis Granderson -Previously unreleased interview with Minnesota Twin Carlos Gomez -Interview with the Director

Special Features

  • David Ortiz training in the Dominican Republic
  • Behind-the-scenes at Quisqueya - Dominican Winter League
  • Interview with the Director, Jared Goodman
  • Previously unreleased interview with Minnesota Twins Carlos Gomez

Product Details

  • Actors: David Ortiz, Vladimir Guerrero
  • Directors: Jared Goodman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Letterboxed, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: IndiePix
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 2008
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001G0KB84
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,398 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Road to the Big Leagues (Rumbo A Las Grandes Ligas)" on IMDb

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Players from the Dominican Republic looking to rise out of poverty and help their families. Features a pair of players in their quest to make it to the majors. Also looks at the origins of such all-stars as David Ortiz and Vladimir Guerrero.
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Similar to Ballplayer: Pelotero [HD] (mostly in Spanish with subtitles) tells stories of youth in Domiinican Republic who aspire to leave the povery of the island for the $ of the United States. Made by a guy from Boston David Ortiz Boston Red Sox (Baseball Card) 2004 Topps #623 is featured as what the boys aspire to become as they go to tryouts, they just do not seem to perform well in front of scouts.

1997 Upper Deck # 271 Vladimir Guerreo -- -- Baseball Card appears and works out hitting, then walks home to his estate. One aspiring player profiled lied about his age so he can not be signed. One player does sign for $25K.

Extras include an interview with the director and a piece about the happenings at the stadium there on game day.
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My students enjoyed this film! It is great for students who are learning Spanish.

I show it every year when I'm doing the chapter on sports.
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I liked all of the boys and their cheerful determination to make it to the big show and improve life for themselves and their families. It is sad, however, to realize that very few will succeed. Their incredible baseball talent won't take them to a college for a degree to fall back on and succeed in a career. This story reminds me of "Hoop Dreams". In very few cases will there be a happy ending.
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This is a great documentary. I really loved it. I used to play baseball in Dominica Republic but stopped playing, which I will regret for ever. If you are a fan of baseball and think those guys make too much money, watch this documentary. Oh man, I loved this. I love baseball with passion. I wish the day I go to heaven I play baseball for ever. The story that made me the saddest, is the one about Rafael Furcal's cousin. That just breaks my heart. Let me not spoil it for you.

Get it and enjoy it.
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Great documentary, emotional and in many ways inspirational. Will recommend to any parent ,or young baseball player. A lesson not to take things for granted, and to once again remind our selves that hard work pays!!
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We've all heard about how many good ballplayers come from the Dominican. Here's an inside look at what it's like to be a kid with a chance to make it. It was very real and very interesting. The stories from Vlad Guerrero and David Ortiz were good, especially Big Papi's hilarious description of what they used in place of a ball for stickball - and how they got it. I highly recommend this film.
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This was a short and entertaining documentary, but was limited in describing the big picture. It could have gone further in defining and explaining the breadth of MLB involvement in the country, the DR's own professional league structure, and given a more well rounded perspective of the country's culture.
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