Great Baseball Film: The Perfect Game

The little league baseball team from Monterrey, Mexico became the first team from outside the United States to win the Little League World Series. (Getty Images)

The little league baseball team from Monterrey, Mexico became the first team from outside the United States to win the Little League World Series. (Getty Images)

I stumbled onto a great film recently on the MLBTV channel.  ‘The Perfect Game’ is a true story that has it’s beginning in Monterrey, Mexico in 1957.  As soon as I began watching I realized I remembered the real facts although I had never seen the movie!  The main character is a 12-year-old ambidextrous pitcher.  This is a wonderful rags-to-riches saga of a bunch of “street urchins,” a priest who loves baseball and a down on his luck guy who once was with the St. Louis Cardinals.  I will refrain from saying more, but the film is quite accurate in portraying the actual events that took place when I was 13-14 yrs old!  Click here to watch a preview and click here to read a great article on the team.

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Mo’ne Davis–A Comment:)

As the still very proud father of two former baseball players, one a girl and the other a boy, I feel compelled (for numerous reasons!) to say something about Mo’ne Davis.  First, I wish her and her  parents all the best, I’ve been “there.”  I have watched her play baseball in the Little League World Series.  She and her teammates did very well for themselves and I can see the team coaches have done a great job.  I could see she was tired the other night, and knowing how much “media-pressure” she has been subjected to recently, I felt A LOT of compassion for her.  Most of all I wish Sports Illustrated had NOT put her on its cover—that has always portended a rough future for the athlete (just ask Bryce Harper!).

I hope Mo’ne does well in high school, both athletically and academically.  And I hope she actually does achieve her dream of playing basketball at UConn:)  I have many relatives up in Connecticut and all of them (as well as yours truly) are rabid UConn fans!

Sally Jenkins has written a good article in the 8/23 Washington Post on ‘The Mo’ne Story.’

Yes, this blog is focused on the Wash. Nationals, but I wanted to include the above:)