The Battered Bastards of Baseball

The Battered Bastards of Baseball ★★★½


Like most sports, baseball bores me to tears, so I fully expected to turn this off after a 10-minute courtesy sample. But I'd had no idea that its key figure is Kurt Russell's dad, and soon found myself irresistibly sucked into its real-life Bad News Bears saga, which is chock-full of colorful characters and startling plot twists that any screenwriter would be proud to have invented. Friends of mine who are sports buffs had lukewarm reactions, with one of them calling it overly familiar and another complaining that it's just a random assortment of anecdotes (seemed straightforwardly chronological to me), so maybe it plays better to heathens like myself? All I can say is that I almost never voluntarily sit through talking-head docs, so the fact that I made it to the end of this one should give you a sense of what a fantastic story it tells, at least for those who don't already know it.

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