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by Tony Medley
Runtime 114 minutes.
OK for children.
Baseball may call
itself “The National Pastime” in the United States,
but most people would agree that football is more popular. However it is
undeniably true in the DomincanRepublic.
People play baseball there 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. The children
play almost from the day they are born. There is even an Academy for
young Dominicans who qualify to train them for playing in the Major
This is the fictional story of Miguel
“Sugar” Santos (Algenis Perez Soto), a talented pitcher, who lives in
the heart of baseball land in the Dominican Republic, San Pedro De
Macorís, attends the Academy and gets invited to spring training with
the Kansas City Knights in Phoenix, Arizona, and
This is the story of how a young man who
doesn’t speak the language tries to deal with a completely different
culture. It shows how the Academy teaches them rudimentary English to
help them get by once they get to the States. They chant things like “I
got it” over and over, even though they don’t speak any English.
All the players in the movie were cast because
they were baseball players, not actors, except Richard Bull and Ann
Whitney, who play Earl and Helen Higgins, the farm couple with whom
Sugar lives while in Bridgetown, and Johnny Marx, who is Sugar’s manager
in the minor leagues. The producers interviewed over 600 baseball
players to cast the movie. Soto, who plays the lead, was the 452nd
person interviewed. He had never been on an airplane and never out of
the Dominican Republic
when he accepted the part. Perhaps fittingly, he missed his plane
connection in Florida
when flying up to start the film. He wanted to be in the Academy, but
didn’t make it. Still, he was playing baseball in the Dominican Republic,
even though he had no chance of playing in the majors. He has no
ambition to be an actor.
That’s too bad because he is a very good actor
and a good looking guy. He could have a career.
Writer-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck
have made a touching and realistic film. It’s not a Horatio Alger story.
In fact, it shows that when these Dominicans finally get to play in the
it’s no bed of roses. Often, because they are away from home for the
first time, they find it hard to play at the level at which they played
back home. As a result, the dream doesn’t match the reality and they
often find they don’t enjoy playing baseball as much as they did when
they were at the Academy.
The quality of the baseball is very good,
which is to be expected since the players were cast for their baseball
abilities and not for their acting. Even so, the acting is quite good.
This is not really a baseball story, and the
scenes of games are a relatively small part of the film. What it is, is
an interesting tale of a young man devoted to his family back home,
trying to come to grips with surviving in a completely different