|Alex Gibney Director||previously directed Magic Trip|
Alex Gibney directs this ESPN films documentary about two legendary baseball mishaps: Bill Buckner's 1st base error at the 1986 World Series as a part of the Red Sox, and Chicago Cubs fan Steve Bartman, and his catch that might have cost the Cubs the 2003 Playoffs.
|Denis Leary||Himself, "Red Sox fan"|
1986 World Series, Game 6. The Boston Red Sox are leading the New York Mets, 3 games to 2. The Red Sox where the heavy favorite to win the series, for the first time since 1918. With the Sox leading 5 to 3 and one out left, 1st baseman Bill Buckner let a ground ball go right through his legs, letting the Mets score. The Mets ended up winning Game 6, and the whole series. The Sox would go World Series-less until 2004.
Documentary film maker Alex Gibney examines this play heavily in Catching Hell. He wonders why Buckner became the scapegoat, when in that same inning several others errors occurred. Bill Buckner, who was interviewed for the film, also asks this question. Buckner was forgiven for this error, although it still is the defining moment of his otherwise impressive career. Steve Bartman was not so lucky.
The 8th inning of Game 6 in the 2003 playoff game. The Chicago Cubs, who haven't won a World Series in 103 years, are leading the Florida Marlins 3 to 0. The Cubbies have won 3 games, the Marlins 2. With 5 more outs until World Series glory, a foul ball heads to the stands. Cubs fan Steve Bartman reaches out to grab the ball, among many others, including fielder Moises Alou. The ball gets away from both of them. Moises angrily reacts, pointing directly to Bartman. In that same inning, the Marlins score 8 runs. Fans start chanting "Asshole" at Steve Bartman, who has since become the scapegoat for the Cubs loss.
Gibney draws comparisons between the Buckner error and the Bartman incident. Bartman does not appear in the documentary outside of the replays of the play. Bartman has not done any interviews, endorsements, commercials, a VIP spot at Wrigley Field, and autographs despite the added incentive of money.
|US Release||Sept. 27, 2011|
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