For baseball fans, Fastball is pure bliss. It’s an even bigger draw for veteran fans that remember players like Bob Gibson, Ernie Banks, Mike Schmidt, Hank Aaron and Goose Gossage. You get 90 minutes of archival footage and player interviews, that contemplate how the fastball is pitched, hit, and measured. This documentary is more than that, though. Fastball considers America’s pastime with heart and with humor.
The director, Jonathan Hock, has scored big with his other docs like Through the Fire, which is about a basketball star’s journey to the NBA (we have it at the store), Lost Son of Havana (more baseball) and Of Miracles and Men (ice hockey). The narrator is, no surprise here, Kevin Costner, and just Google his best baseball movies to see the many others he has done besides Bull Durham and Field of Dreams. In addition to all the baseball legends you get to see, there’s a bonus appearance by favorite son, Derek Jeter.
Hardcore baseball fans are going to love this documentary, fans of documentary films in general are going to be interested, and sports junkies will be entertained. I was left with an immense feeling of nostalgia and satisfaction, but then again I’ve loved this sport since I was a 9-year old (which was, ahem, a while ago), and have experienced, as a fan, both euphoria and heartache and everything in between. – [DVD]
DVD Release Date: 6/28/16