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Review: Knuckleball!

Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg's documentary
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  September 18, 2012
2.5 2.5 Stars

For a film that's centered around such a silly-looking pitch, Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg's documentary is packed with considerable drama. Former Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield and current Mets pitcher R.A. Dicky serve as the two primary subjects — the pair evidently the last of a breed — and we're granted a comprehensive look at their path toward eventual big-league stardom. Both encountered enough setbacks in their careers to make their stories worth our while. Neither ever set out to be "knuckleball pitchers," being forced into that lane only after more traditional methods failed. And neither discovered immediate success with that pitch, either, meaning they withstood years of humbling journeyman plodding. Yet there's an element of weightiness to the proceedings that doesn't entirely hold. Like the curious inclusion of Wakefield blowing the 2003 ALCS to the Yankees, which was largely forgotten following the Sox's 2004 miracle run. Its inclusion, along with a couple of other instances of melodrama, proves unnecessary in a pair of stories that hold up just fine by their own accord.

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