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Lee is better known for being one of the great characters in a game that has no more Yogi Berras, Casey Stengals or Spacemen. Some fans may take issue with his progressive politics but few can debate his continuing love for the game as he journeys from Canada to Cuba to play baseball into his late fifties. This is a unique guy who once ran for President of the United States with Hunter S. Thompson as his VP candidate and who had a song written about him by the late Warren Zevon.
I am a huge Lee fan and am not totally objectve. But I think most anyone will find this a great story about a guy with a passion for the game and for life. I would have liked to see more highlights in the film from his major league career but this was made up for by interviews with Luis Tiant, Fred Lynn, Dick Williams and fellow Buffalo Head Bernie Carbo.
Lee is a gracefully aging Baby boomer playing a kids game with a Sixties approach to life and a teenager's passion. He should be declared a National Treasure and a member of an endangered species at the same time.
Definitely worth a purchase if you like documentaries or baseball.
It's obvious his teammates loved him (from the smiles on their faces as they tell stories) and that (some) management obviously didn't.
When I was in college, after Lee revealed he "used" a certain green herb, the headline in the local paper read: "Lee Smokes Yankees" :) .
And he took principled stands at personal cost. I always find that admirable.
The world needs more Bill Lee's.
The DVD reveals former Boston Red Sox and Montreal Expo lefty Bill Lee at his best, a lover of game of baseball for all the right reasons. At the same time Lee is also very accurately presented as a man who couldn't stand the routinely cruel business of major league baseball. There's baseball, the game. And there's MLB, the industry. And they are not always alike.
If you are a Sox fan, you will always love Bill Lee, despite his wacky personality and rebellious attitude. He hates the New York Yankees, as any Sox fan would. For a Sox fan, that's all that matters. Lee won 17 games three straight years pitching in Fenway Park. After being dealt to Montreal, he won 17 again and was named as National League (Lefthanded) Pitcher of the Year.
My complaint is there's too little of Lee as a big-leaguer. Most of the film is about Lee in retirement. I recall a game he pitched after quitting the Sox after Bernie Carbo had been traded. Lee returned and pitched Boston to a win over Jim Palmer and the Baltimore Orioles in Fenway. The fans loved it. And I'd loved to have seen footage from that night in the film.
Red Sox fans will love this DVD. Yankees fan won't. And what's wrong with that ??
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Everyone should buy or borrow this and enjoy it. Bill Lee knows how to live Life!Published 12 months ago by nick collins
A long overdue documentary on an intelligent, witty, independent baseball star. Bill Lee simply loves the game for all the right reasons!! Read morePublished 14 months ago by Phillip Ayers
A truly entertaining and colorful baseball character. Today's game needs another like him.
Almost makes me wish I had been a Red Sox fan instead of an Indians fan back then. Read more
Was able to meet Bill Lee and got his autograph. Added this DVD to make a small gift basket for my father. The DVD chronicles a wild rocket ship ride for Mr. Lee.Published on December 26, 2013 by ccpetr318
I was a big Cincinnati Reds fan growing up and still remember (I'm 55) how much Bill Lee tortured my team in that '75 Series, maybe the greatest ever. Read morePublished on July 11, 2013 by Z Regime
I love Bill Lee!!! Someone who plays for the love of the game. Great footage of Cuba, where they Locke their game as much as Bill does.Published on November 21, 2012 by Christine Panagos