I have always dreamed of being a major league baseball player, but in the last few years, as I’ve grown up from an adolescent benchwarmer on my high school baseball team to a still slightly immature but somewhat more realistic 23-year-old, my baseball idols have shifted. Instead of the Nomar Garciaparras and the Nolan Ryans, I’ve come to want to be the Tim Wakefields and the R.A. Dickeys.
Simply put, I can’t hit 25 home runs or 95 miles per hour on the radar gun, but in the corner of my mind, Wakefield and Dickey’s slow-dancing knuckleball came to represent the my far-fetched fantasy ticket to the big leagues.
But then Wakefield retired, leaving New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey as the lone bastion of the knuckleball tradition, and my last hope for professional baseball stardom was fading with the dying breed of knuckleballers.
Luckily for Red Sox fans, knuckleball enthusiasts, and 23-year-old adult-children, filmmakers Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern made the film Knuckleball!, capturing Wakefield’s final season and following Dickey as he makes a name for himself after bouncing around the minors for years. Continue reading New “Knuckleball!” Film Features Tim Wakefield, R.A. Dickey »