Over the past couple of days I’ve had a chance to watch a couple of TV documentaries and read several baseball related print articles. Here is a quick summary.
Derek Jeter 3K: HBO
This is a one hour show that follows Derek Jeter during the weeks and days leading up to his getting his 3000 hit. I’ve never really been a big Jeter fan, but the show presented Jeter in a different light, at least to me. You see Jeter as he recovers from a strained calf muscle, at home with his family and friends, at the ballpark as he plays the game he’s known for.
It’s not an extraordinarily in-depth look into the life of a superstar player, but I would call it a must watch for any Derek Jeter or New York Yankee fan, and a ‘catch it if you have some free time’ for the rest of us.
The Curious Case of Curt Flood: HBO
On October 7th 1969, the St Louis Cardinals traded Curt Flood and 3 other players to the Philadelphia Phillies. Flood refused to report to the Phillies and then filed suit against Major League Baseball challenging the ‘Reserve Clause’ under which all players were bound.
This 90 minute documentary reveals the events in Curt Floods life that lead up to his decision to sue baseball, and the aftermath both to Flood and baseball from the results of the case.
This is a must watch for all fans of Curt Flood, the St Louis Cardinals, and baseball history. I would also recommend that the MLBPA show this movie to every one of their members. Let them know how and why they have what they have.
Here he Comes by Tom Verducci: Sports Illustrated
When he was 16 years old, Bryce Harper was on the cover of Sports Illustrated. One year later he was drafted number 1 overall in the June MLB free agent draft by the Washington Nationals. And now at the age of 18 he is tearing through minor league pitching on his path toward baseball superstardom. You can read about some of his ups and downs on and off the field, and find out the story behind the kiss he blew to a pitcher as he rounded third base after a home run.
A must read for fans of Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals. For everyone else this is a train ride home, sitting on the front porch, or waiting for the game to start in 10 minutes read.
Baseball’s Weight Problem by Craig Wolff: WSJonline
Does swinging a weighted bat, lead pipe, sledge-hammer or any other heavy object in the on-deck circle really help you swing quicker at the plate? The scientific evidence says no. In fact, it most likely slows your swing down. So why do players do it, and when did they start?
This is a must read if you are into the science of baseball, otherwise, know that I just summed up the article and that you now know that using a donut on your bat doesn’t help.