Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Emerald Diamond

From Planet Baseball comes another documentary on baseball from far away places. This one is on baseball in Ireland, and is another in a series of baseball documentaries.

Some of the reviews for the documentary:
“The Emerald Diamond” restores the innocence of the sport for 90 wonderful minutes, easily ranking as one of the best documentaries I’ve seen this year. The Irish National Baseball Team, much like other countries currently building their clubs, is where the heart of the game lies today. I highly recommend this opportunity to live the dream with these hard-working men and their amazing journey.
“Top o’ the batting order to ya!” by Brian Orndorff
January 5, 2007

Time Out Chicago
“Quite charming…Fitzgerald understands, as do the players, that this story has to be told with a sense of humor—during one particularly humiliating outing at a European competition, the team decided to stop obsessing, went out the night before a game and got blitzed, and played better baseball as a result. The film captures the players’ blend of wry self-deprecation and genuine pride. Sounds pretty Irish to us.”
“Dublin Your Pleasure” by Hank Sartin
Issue 105, March 1-7, 2007

And the best possible statement that it's good:

On November 12, 2006, “The Emerald Diamond” won the Critic’s Choice Award at the National Baseball Hall of Fame Film Festival in Cooperstown, NY.

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