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Touching the Game: The Story of the Cape Cod Baseball League (2004)

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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Eye Candy Cinema
Genre: Documentary, Sports
Running Time: 105 min.

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Synopsis
There is no amateur baseball league more prestigious and more storied than the Cape Cod Baseball League. Now for the first time, the story of the league is told in a feature length documentary complete with interviews from current and past players, coaches, fans and others who make Cape Cod the place to be for a true summer experience. The documentary crew spent the entire summer of 2003 following the Cape League. The result is a unique view of the transition from college baseball player to professional. There are currently over 200 Major League baseball players that have spent time in the Cape League, many of whom appear in this film. The Cape Cod Baseball League is baseball in its purest form. This film is for those who not only love baseball, but people who have spent a summer on the Cape TOUCHING THE GAME.

GreenCine Staff Pick: If you're like me, you may have a love-hate relationship with the game of baseball as it stands today: free agency makes it hard to get too attached to any player on your favorite team, the steroids controversy, egos, injuries... and yet we stick by it. For a beautiful glimpse of baseball as it could or should be (and on the day of the annual amateur draft), the documentary Touching the Game: The Story of the Cape Cod Baseball League goes right down the heart of the plate in a portrayal of a minor league. One of the film's most interesting insights is on the adjustment these fresh from college players have to make to using wooden bats (versus the aluminum bats used in the NCAA). But as much as the film is about baseball - and there is plenty of footage and fine interviews with recognizable baseball talent who camp up though the Cape Cod league - the film is also tribute to the perservence of the players, who work odd jobs to support themselves (this is a long way from George Steinbrenner when it comes to salaries), and to the dedicated fans. It's also a winning peek into small town American life. But mostly it's about baseball, and a treat for fans yearning to care about it again.-- Tamara Lees




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