‘The Battered Bastards of Baseball’ a must-see

Netflix subscribers are encouraged, make that urged, to watch “The Battered Bastards of Baseball,” a documentary about the independent Portland Mavericks, who dominated the Northwest League in the mid-70s. Founded by veteran character Bing Russell, dad of Kurt and grandfather of former Brave Matt Franco, to fill the void left by the departure of the…

The Sixth Beatle

Just watched a fantastic Fernando Valenzuela documentary on ESPN (available  OnDemand for Comcast subscribers). It’s the first of the “30 in 30” series focusing on baseball that I found compelling. (ANOTHER tribute to the 2004 Red Sox along with some Steinbrenner ass-kissing by overrated documentarian Barbara Kopple!?!) Director Cruz Angeles tells Valenzuela’s story from the perspective of a Latino…

Movie Hell

Jim Belushi, as a Cubs fan, in an early 90s “comedy” named after a Bachman-Turner Overdrive song. I believe this was the reason Charles Grodin quit show business. So you’ll know, the Cubs-bashing is just getting started.

Sugar’s a gem

Office readers had good things to say about “Sugar,” and you were right. What a great flick, free of the romanticism that tends to bog down most baseball movies. Great performance by Angelis Perez Soto in the title role. He’ll have you thinking twice the next time you boo the likes of Manny Acosta or…

Baseball meets Patch Adams

If you asked me yesterday what I thought of “Field of Dreams,” I would’ve probably spoken favorably. It had been years since I last watched it — must’ve been high as shit. The movie reminded me of the Christian Rock Hard episode of “South Park,” in which the record exec questions Cartman’s feelings toward Christ….