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Still We Believe: The Red Sox Movie

The glory and heartbreak of being a Boston Red Sox fan is captured by Paul Doyle in the documentary, Still, We Believe: The Red Sox Movie.

The film covers the major league baseball team’s memorable 2003 season in a way that will resonate most with people living in the northeast. But, in today’s media microscope of news, entertainment and sports, long-suffering Sox devotees are often transplanted and have found others who probably need support groups to deal with their annual agony.

One such individual is Jim Connors who moved from Foxboro, MA and has his own Boston sports bar in Santa Monica, California. He got many of his faithful to attend a Sox/Anaheim Angels game.

Still, We Believe was voted on as the title from an on-line contest and it may feel ironic and caustic for some. But, it fits as Doyle crams in a lot of stuff with the fans, mixing in the players and front-office staff with unrestricted access to the clubhouse and some front office conversations. The”boy wonder” general manager Theo Epstein is seen making deals on his cell-phone to acquire pitching support, right before the end-of-summer trading deadline. “Revenge Of The Nerd” is on the back page of the NY Post and it irks Epstein who’s humorously consoled by the relatively new owners of the Red Sox - John Henry, Larry Lucchino and Tom Werner.

Much of the documentary utilizes a split-screen format to include fan reaction to their team which was an offensive powerhouse throughout much of the season. When it comes to “The Curse,”and “Cowboy-Up,” among other tings associated with last year’s Bosox, it’s downplayed as emotions build up until another fateful American League championship encounter with the Yankees. The anticipation of game situations is well represented even if there isn’t much insight into the sport itself.

It’s fun to see Pedro Martinez, David Ortiz and Kevin Millar joking in the locker room. But the perspective of blondes Jessamy and Erin getting tickets and following the team through inter-league play, Brockton’s Jermaine whose dad loves the Yankees, and especially Watertown’s “Angry Bill” who may have been left in the cutting room of “The Sopranos” carries the right amount of optimism and pessimism to this documentary.

 
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