Seems the fan posting has been a bit slow of late, trudging to the end of a deflating Cleveland Indians season like this one will do that though. So I hope you don't mind a post that is not directly related to the Cleveland Indians. I just finished viewing the baseball movie "Sugar" which was released in 2008, but only recently appeared available on my netflix account although I had queued it months ago before its release on dvd. Why I'm bothering to recommend this film isn't because I necessarily think its a great movie (it is a good one and kept me wrapped into the storyline), but rather because of the specific baseball setting that is presented within the film. The story is of a teenage Dominican Republic pitcher, Miguel "Sugar" Santos, who possess a solid fastball and developing "knuckle-curve", pitching in a Kansas City affiliated baseball academy in the Dominican. The film follows Santos as he signs a deal to come stateside and pitch in one of the low minor leagues. He faces difficulties both on and off the field, particularly the language barrier and the reality that only a minute group of players are able to advance through the levels and make it to the bigs.
I figured I'd write up a little post about this film because I believe the typical LGT reader would really appreciate the setting and mode of the story. It touches on the experience of the majority of young players within the minor leagues and academies outside of the the U.S. rather than those already in the majors, which is not often presented in films involving baseball. Give this film a shot if you'd like to partake in October baseball, but don't want to numb your brain out to whatever "incredible" storyline the media creates for the Yankees v. Red Sox World Series.