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.
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:)