Blog: Posts in “Cape Cod Film” Category

The IDEAL Father’s Day gift!

Whether your dad is a diehard baseball fan or just a casual follower, our Touching the Game DVDs make a great last-minute gift idea.  This Sunday 6/20 is Father’s Day and the timing could not be much better as the summer amateur leagues begin regular season play this week.  It is also the weekend of the Summer Solstice which means one thing in Fairbanks, Alaska, the annual Midnight Sun Game.  This year, the signature game of the Alaska Baseball League takes place Monday night (6/21).  Many know the story  – midnight baseball, no lights needed – but if you want to know the history and experience it yourself, our new film, Touching the Game, Alaska has it and the rest of the ABL covered in depth.  We also have everything you need to know about the Cape Cod Baseball League in our 2004 documentary Touching the Game, The Story of the Cape Cod Baseball League.

You can go here to purchase either DVD, but the best deal for you (and dad), might be our current special – you get both Touching the Game DVDs at a discounted price of $34.95.  Happy Father’s Day!

Alaska and Cape Cod Baseball League seasons ready to go!

The month of June is an important one for collegiate amateur baseball. Regular season schedules come to an end, the NCAA tournament begins, the MLB draft takes place, and summer league baseball gets underway.

The Alaska Baseball League, the subject of Touching the Game, Alaska begins league play the week of 6/6. The first few weeks of June will also feature many exhibition games against league and traveling teams.  The signature game of these exhibitions is the annual Midnight Sun Game in Fairbanks, AK. This year, the Goldpanners entertain Heroes of the Diamond, a military all-star team. The game as always will be on the Summer Solstice, June 21, starting at 10:30pm.  The Alaska Baseball League regular season kicks into high gear after that.  We will continue to update you on our film and provide video clips and soundbites about life in the ABL.  If you are looking for day to day info on the league, check out www.49thstatehardball.com or any of the team websites.

The Cape Cod Baseball League, the subject of Touching the Game, The Story of the Cape Cod Baseball League, begins play the week of 6/13. The number of Major League alumni of the CCBL is at an all-time high, and many of the players we featured in our film are among them.  We will keep you updated on how they are doing, as well as any time our film is showing as even after 6 years, it continues to gain interest.   The Cape League website has day to day scores and stats, and www.codball.com is a great blog to keep you updated as well.  Also, don’t forget the Cape Cod League All-Star game at Fenway Park on 7/28. Enjoy the summer!

Join us on Facebook and Twitter!

You now can get all the latest information on our Touching the Game films on the social network sites Facebook and Twitter.  Our ever-growing Facebook fan page can be found here.  Become a fan and get updates, reviews, screening dates and more. If you are a Twitter person, you can get your Touching the Game tweets here.  We will also be updating this blog as well.  Stay in touch with us as we present our award-winning films of amateur baseball to the world.

ESPN’s “Travel Ten” top must-see baseball events of the summer

ESPN just came out with it’s “Travel Ten” top must see baseball events of the summer.  At #1 is Opening Day of The Cape Cod Baseball League and at #4 is the Midnight Sun Game in Fairbanks, AK.   The Midnight Sun Game is a big part of our latest documentary Touching the Game, Alaska. As for the Cape Cod Baseball League, we spent a whole summer there in our 2004 release Touching the Game, The Story of the Cape Cod Baseball League. If you can’t make it to either event, our DVDs will bring them right into your home.  Enjoy!

Where are they now?

We interviewed many Alaska Baseball League players in our time spent producing Touching the Game, Alaska. Many appear in the film talking about their experiences in the Frontier State.  But where are they playing baseball today? Most of them were selected in the MLB draft and are now playing professionally in the minors, working their way up to what could be a dream come true, playing in the Major Leagues.  Here is a list of some of the guys in the film and where they are now.

And we have not forgotten  the players we followed in the Cape Cod Baseball League for the summer of 2003. Here is a list of the players from Touching the Game, The Story of the Cape Cod Baseball League. Many are on the verge of making it to the Majors.  Special congrats to Tommy Manzella, the new starting shortstop for the Houston Astros!

Cape Film gets picked up by PBS

The Cape Cod film has been picked up by WGBH, PBS’ flagship station in Boston! The film will be aired at various times over the next year, but the most exciting part for us is that the film was used in WGBH’s most recent Pledge Drive as featured programming. In the documentary world this is a huge coup, with such an endorsement lending enormous critical weight to our projects.

5 years after its initial release, the Cape film is still building steam as organizations and individuals embrace the timeless nature of the subject matter and are wowed by the imagery and storytelling.

Support WGBH and receive Touching the Game, The Story of the Cape Cod Baseball League as a thank you gift…

TTG – Cape Cod alumni move up to the Majors!

A couple more players that we followed in 2003, and appear in Touching The Game, The Story of The Cape Cod Baseball League, have been called up to the Major Leagues.  Sam Fuld, who was called up to the Chicago Cubs briefly in September of 2007, is once again roaming the outfield of Wrigley. Fuld, who was injured for most of 2008, was on a tear for (AAA) Iowa before being promoted.  He played for the Hyannis Mets of the CCBL on 2003. The Phillies have bolstered their outfield by calling up John Mayberry from (AAA) Lehigh Valley.  Mayberry and his father, former MLB player John Mayberry Sr., both appear in Touching The Game.  It is  Mayberry’s first time in the Majors, and he already has hit four home runs.  He was originally drafted by the Texas Rangers, but was traded to the Phillies this past off-season.  Mayberry played at the Cape for Yarmouth-Dennis in 2003.  He and Sam Fuld were teammates at Stanford.

Peter Gammons talks Alaska Baseball!

Down in Spring Training, we recently were able to get an interview with ESPN Baseball Analyst Peter Gammons for our soon to be released Alaska film.  Gammons, who often can be found around the Cape Cod Baseball League each summer was a big part of Touching The Game, The Story of The Cape Cod Baseball League.  His knowledge of baseball is unsurpassed and he always has great stories.  Peter has only been to Alaska once in 1984, but it was enough to see Randy Johnson pitch for the Anchorage Glacier Pilots. He told that story and talked in depth about the league.  He joins a host of famous past and present Major League players as part of our documentary, scheduled to be released later this summer.

More players from Cape Cod film make it to the show!

We closely follow the careers of the players we met in 2003 and who appeared in Touching The Game, The Story of The Cape Cod Baseball League.  Here’s an update from the 2008 season.  Probably the most successful jump to the majors came from pitcher David Purcey.  The former Orleans Cardinals lefty has all but cemented himself in the Toronto Blue Jays starting rotation over the past couple months.  If you recall from the film, we spent some time with Purcey while he was working his summer job at the CVS in Orleans.  Just think, we knew him when.  Purcey’s Cardinal teammate Brandon Boggs has also made it to the bigs with The Texas Rangers. Primarily a 4th outfielder, Boggs has been up most of the year.  Wareham’s Andy Laroche, as many know, was involved in the big Manny Ramirez/Jason Bay trade.  He is now the regular 3rd baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates, playing in the same infield as his older brother Adam.  Matt Macri is a September call-up with the Minnesota Twins.  Macri, the former Brewster Whitecap, also saw action earlier in the season with the Twins.  And finally, Garrett Mock who provided some good humor in Touching The Game at the Yarmouth-Dennis youth clinic has been pitching most of the season with the Washington Nationals.  Congrats to all!  Of course staying in the show is often just as difficult as making it to the show.  Injuries put a damper on some of the Touching The Game players who had made it in 2007.  Former Hyannis Mets players Sam Fuld and Donny Lucy along with Bourne’s Justin Maxwell all had limited seasons in either AA or AAA due to injuries.  Check out our updated “Where Are They Now?” page for a complete list of all the players from our film.

TTG Cape players make it to the show

One of the great things about being a fan of the Cape Cod Baseball League is following former players as they make their way to the Major Leagues.  We filmed Touching The Game, The Story of the Cape Cod Baseball League in the summer of 2003.  It’s now four years later, and some of the players we followed have made it to the show.  In April, Wareham’s Andy Laroche was up with the Dodgers for a month, and now with rosters expanded, is back in LA.  Two other players appearing in Touching The Game are former Stanford stars Sam Fuld and Don Lucy.  Both players played for Hyannis in the CCBL, and both were called up to the majors on the same day, Fuld to the Chicago Cubs, and Lucy to the Chicago White Sox.  With expanded rosters, teams often like to give their top prospects a chance to see what the big leagues are all about.  Such was the case with former Bourne Brave Justin Maxwell.  The University of Maryland outfielder was called up by the Washington Nationals.  Not expecting to play, Justin did get into a game last week against the Florida Marlins and hit a pinch-hit grand slam in his first ML at-bat!  Justin is featured prominently in Touching The Game.