Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Nine Innings From Ground Zero The 2001 World Series|
Actors: John Ashcroft, Bob Brenly, Scott Brosius, Joe Buck, George W. Bush
Genres: Sports, Documentary
The tragedy and horror of the 9/11 attacks triggered a host of changes in America, including a reassessment of the role of sports and its accompanying hero-worship. Batting averages and home run totals were no longer param... more »
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W. gallegos | 11/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Being a west-coast sports fan,I have always hated the Yankees. I don't know what got me into buying this dvd but I must say that I am glad I did. This documentary is the story about the city of New York and one of their most beloved sports teams getting by one of the most horrific events in both New York and American History...9/11. If this tragedy was the illness,then the love of Yankee baseball was the cure. While watching "Nine innings from ground zero",my hate towards this team was put aside while watching it as I got to see the side of Yankee stars that one doesn't see off the field. From the young girl who met Derek Jeter after he learned through her letter that she lost her father in the towers...to the firefighters who put on a smile thanks to a surprise visit from Yankee players...to the group of family members of 9/11 victims who got to attend the world series,I was deeply moved by this documentary. We,the sports fans,are so used to hearing stories about too many sport stars who get in trouble with the law or stars who complain about a 7 to 8 figure contract not being enough,that we seem to forget about the few out there who have alot of good in them. The documentary even has an interview with President George Bush that I am glad was included. I don't care if the war in Iraq is right or wrong nor do I care what party he is. It is a proud moment watching the leader of your country throw out the first pitch at the 2001 World Series while the crowd chants...U-S-A...U-S-A!!! I believe this first pitch is the most memorable one on film to date. After watching Nine innings...,am I still a Yankee hater? Yeah,but I love them for bringing hope and smiles to the people of New York. This dvd is recommended to both the sports fan and non-sports fan. All will not be disappointed. "It's a hit"!"
Nine Innings from Ground Zero
Hobbit | Connecticut | 06/14/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A made-for-TV (HBO) movie that is just outstanding. It captures in a very realistic manner how the World Series in 2001 related to the horror of 9/11 the prior month. The movie also shows the human side of these famous baseball athletes in a way that we rarely see. If you are not moved by Nine Innings from Ground Zero, you need to check to see that you have a pulse."
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Neil | 04/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First of all, I am not a Yankees fan, nor am I a Yankees hater.
This film, although a wee bit heavy handed at times, still brings tears to my eyes...five years since 9/11. It is wonderful to see how a simple game of baseball helped in a small way heal a devastated city and country.
What I liked is that it did not focus on the terrorists or the attack as so much as the healing. It was a film about resolve, not vengeance.
The interviews with the families of the victims were prominently featured, as they should. The ballplayer interviews were to add to the feeling, but the film clearly focused on the famlilies. This ensured that the viewer knew what was truly important.
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Zachary Koenig | Fergus Falls, MN | 06/22/2009
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"All too often, I think that baseball fans get a bit too caught up in the everyday minutiae of the game to reflect on what the sport really means to them. A few examples would be criticizing the manager for a pitching change or getting on the case of a batter in a terrible slump. However, this DVD will remind you that the game of baseball stands for so much more.
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As a person who has also experienced a difficult time in my life and been helped through it by the steadying presence of baseball, I found this documentary to be a very accurate portrayal of the lingering emotions during that time period. Through all the fear and anxiety, the sport of baseball was able to provide fans a respite (even if at first they were wary of looking at anything the same again) from the shocking events/changes around them. And that, ultimately, is the legacy of this fine sport...bringing people together over a common interest.
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