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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

A Good Documentary

Dear God,
hope you got the letter, and...
I pray you can make it better down here.
I don't mean a big reduction in the price of beer

Last year at this time I was counting down the days from when I leave South Dakota and come back to the sweet flatland country of Minnesota. I also found an interesting documentary about the struggles and heartbreak of being a Red Sox fan.

The Curse of the Bambino is an HBO production where they take you from 1918 to 2003, breaking down the most heartbreaking years and trades. Denis Leary, Lenny Clarke, and other Boston notables give you their description and thoughts during the time of the Bucky Dent homerun in ‘78, Buckner’s tragic error in ‘86, and Boone’s stab in the heart during the ‘03 ALCS.

Of course everyone knows how it started, right? Red Sox were considered a baseball dynasty during the 1910’s winning 4 world Series titles in 7 years. Their pitching was greatly helped by Babe Ruth who was a dominant lefty holding the World Series record for scoreless innings at 26 (a record for almost 40 years). The owner of the Red Sox at the time, Harry Frazee traded Babe Ruth to the Yankees for cash so Frazee could help his financial problems. Within two years Babe Ruth went on to hit 54 homeruns in 1920. 54, which is almost three times more than the 2nd best homerun total in 1920 (19).

Whatever, look at these stats!

Anyway, Red Sox never win the World Series again until 2004 and the Yankees go on to win 27.

The movie was directed by Steven Hilliard Stern and he does a great job of allowing the viewers to feel the pain that so many Red Sox fans have been going through since 1918.

I especially liked the anectodote about everyone walking the streets of Boston after gave 6 in 1986. It’s exactly what I was doing after Minnesota’s unspeakable game.

The documentary ended on a huge down note because the Red Sox hadn’t won a World Series at the time. It ended with people visiting graves of lifelong Red Sox fans and it give the picture of what would happen if they would ever win a WS. “There would be a million deaths by the people that held on that long, by the people that vowed to stay alive until the Red Sox win the WS”
“The city would melt down!

So I’m flipping through HBO at 3:30am when I find this same documentary with the name changed to Reverse of the Curse of the Bambino. This documentary has the better ending and it definitely makes the viewer feels so good knowing that these people can finally give the whole thing a rest.

I would definitely recommend this documentary if you’re ever flipping around HBO at 3:30am!

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