KNUCKLEBALL! The Movie Will Be Released On Video On Demand On 9-18-12

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The movie KNUCKLEBALL!! will be released on September 18th on Video on Demand and also on September 20th the film will be shown at the IFC at 323 6th Ave & W 3 St in Manhattan as a charity event as price of your ticket allows kids from The Bronx Charter School for Excellence, Children’s Aid Society, Harlem RBI, and New York Cares to attended the screening. The film will be screening all week at the IFC Center with regular show times as well.
I got to see the film at a screening at the Tribeca Film Festival and I can’t wait to see it again besides being a must see for Mets fans as our own R.A. Dickey stars in the film it’s just a great story of perseverance and determination

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Knuckleball ! Tough To Throw But Enjoyable To Watch !

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Had a great time last night  at the World Financial Plaza enjoying the premiere of Knuckleball!, at the Tribeca Film Festival’s Drive-In Theatre.  Before the movie there was plenty of activity on the plaza on what turned out to be a nice comfortable, rain free evening downtown. There were tents set up with different activities and free popcorn for movie goers but the area that had the biggest swarm of folks was the make shit bullpen where fans could line up and enter and get free instruction on how to throw a knuckleball.

As we stood off to the side (I was joined by my son and Mike Silva of NY Baseball Digest for the evening’s movie viewing we also met up with Tayrn Cooper and her husband Ed Leyro as well as having a fine chat with Shaun Clancy the proprietor of Foley’s NY) we were witness to a grand entrance by the Four Horseman of Knuckleballing, Jim Bouton, Charlie Hough, Tim Wakefield and our own R.A. Dickey. The four headed to the make shift pen where a line snaked around the plaza for the opportunity to learn the secrets of throwing a knuckleball. Bouton, Hough and Wakefield were going in and out of the pen but Dickey stayed there for the full hour showing kids and some adults, the grip and release of the mysterious pitch, and seemed to be having a great time doing so.

The movie itself was very, very good. Even if you are not a baseball fan, you could still appreciate the stories of these players who with the exception of Phil Neikro, took on learning the knuckleball a last ditch effort to make it in the big leagues, so you get all the baseball footage and story line to keep the baseball junkie like me interested but you also get the human interest story for the non-fan. That is great movie making.

Tim Wakefield and R.A. Dickey are feature most prominently in the film, with great footage of Wakefield as a Pittsburgh Pirates as a minor league first baseman and R.A. Dickey as a Tennessee Volunteer but my favorite scene in the film was a golf outing with Niekro, Dickey, Wakefield and Hough and the sit down they have afterwards discussing how each pitcher was introduced to the knuckleball.

The film will be showing during the Tribeca Film Festival and it will be out in DVD form as well, I know this because I was approached by someone from the film who was looking to get some material to add as extra footage for the DVD, so I was filmed talking about the knuckleball and R.A. Dickey and what he has meant to the Mets (the film crew loved my Mr. Mets cap) so hopefully I’ll make the director’s cut of Knuckleball!

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Win VIP Seat and Autographed Movie Poster for the Film KNUCKLEBALL ! at The Tribeca Film Festival

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One of the great events in New York City is the Tribeca Film Festival and this year is no exception, in fact there will be a film shown at the festival that is perfect for us baseball and Mets fans. The film Knuckleball! will be shown this Saturday at 8:15 PM  at the Tribeca Drive-In at The World Financial Center Plaza, which is located at West Street between Vesey and Liberty Streets.

He is a synopsis of the film Knuckleball! and a rundown of the festivities for the evening:

The baseball documentary Knuckleball! will be premiering for free to the public on April 21st as a part of the Tribeca Drive-in at the Tribeca Film Festival.  This classic sports story recounts the 2011 journey of the last professional knuckleball pitchers: Tim Wakefield, a 17-year Red Sox veteran, and Mets up-and-comer R.A. Dickey. Together with just four other living knuckleballers, they shine a light on their remarkable brotherhood and the shared pursuit of honor and craftsmanship.

The Tribeca Drive-in will open at 6:00 pm and include live music, giveaways, baseball trivia contests and pitching clinics with pro knuckleballers R.A. Dickey; Tim Wakefield, formerly of the Boston Red Sox; Charlie Hough, formerly of the Dodgers and Rangers; and former New York Yankee Jim Bouton.  The world premiere of Knuckleball! will follow at 8:15 pm . 

As you can see there is a lot to entice you to come out for the premiere, live music and giveaways would be enough I’m sure, but the chance to meet R.A. Dickey and his fellow knuckleballers, Tim Wakefield and Charlie Hough (if you’ve read Dickey’s book “Wherever I Wind Up” -published by Blue Rider Press-you know how influential Wakefield and Hough were in helping R.A. turn himself into the solid starting knuckleball pitcher he is today) and free admission? Are ya’ kidding? But wait there’s more.

I am offering one lucky Eddie Kranepool Society reader, the chance to score a seat in the VIP Section of the Tribeca Drive-In to view Knuckleball!, and also receive a poster from the movie autographed by Dickey, Wakefield, Hough and Bouton.

In order to win this prize package, you need to be the first reader to e-mail me (please put Knuckleball ! Movie in the subject line please)  at sinymets@aol.com with the correct answer to this trivia question:

In 2006, R.A. Dickey made one start for the Texas Rangers. Not only did Dickey lose the game he also tied a modern day MLB record. What was that record?

First correct answer via e-mail wins the seat and the autograph poster. Good Luck.

 

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