No game tonight, so my wife and I went out to see Fever Pitch.
My first impression (naturally) is that Fallon's character, Ben Wrightman, makes the rest of us merely devoted fans look much better to our wives than the obsessed beyond belief Fallon. Second, the movie truly has loads of terrific sight gags and oneliners, to the point that my wife said that she thought she would be sick she laughed so hard,
Pitch captures the wide emotional swings that captivate Red Sox nation. Even tonight, in the wake of the double disabled dip, the debate rages on Sports Radio about why the Sox were willing to 'break up' their championship team (a mere 150 million dollars or so would have locked up Nomar Garciaparra, Pedro Martinez, and Derek Lowe). The film also explores the complex relationships between and among men and women. The scene depicting the distribution of season tickets was sidesplitting.
Sure, there's a little baseball tossed in with the humor, with a few season and postseason highlights, but the amalgam of comedy and baseball makes for a great evening out, at a fraction of the cost of Fenway.
Any Red Sox fan has to see Fever Pitch. I can't wait for the DVD.