And the “Blue Revolution” begins
As game 6 of the World Series airs tonight (unless the weather prohibits), I stop and think of what two teams I would have preferred take the field.
If it would have been up to me, it’d be two locals, my favorite team the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, would face my rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and compete for the World Series title. Now wouldn’t that just be awesome? But by the looks of the team’s current financial dilemma, my dream of watching the Angels versus the Dodgers in the World Series will probably never come true. Actually, the fact that the boys in blue didn’t even make it to the playoffs is perhaps the least of their concern, considering the current bigger issue at hand.
As the season comes to an end, the gruesome battle over the Dodger’s ownership still continues.
Throughout the season I saw fans do just about everything they could, from boycotting games to chanting “McCourt must go!” up and down the streets of L.A., and sporting Frankrupt t-shirts. But in spite of it all, I didn’t really, truly care, they were the rivals, and they were taking over my stadium. However, last night I made a bold move and took the liberty of watching a documentary (that is yet to be released to the masses) called “Blue Revolution,” created by a devoted Dodgers fan.
I thought I’d enjoy hearing Dodger fans complain about how their team was going down the drain, but instead I felt moved by it all. I felt compassion, even sympathy, emotions I never thought I’d ever feel about this team. As I put my differences aside, “Blue Revolution” helped reinforce my love for baseball, not just for the Angels but baseball as a whole.
The more I saw “Blue Revolution” the more I hated Frank McCourt. The more I heard the fans have their moment on the screen, the more I realized that the 58-year-old Bostonian was doing more than just mishandling the team’s budget, but rather robbing the community of their beloved team. He’s taking away a team that many have grown up watching, a team that’s taught them the fundamentals to baseball. A team that has served as a common topic around the dinner table, for many, the only common interest among family members, as some fans described in the film.
“Blue Revolution,” produced and directed by Juan Ramirez, serves more than one purpose. The short documentary, allows the non-followers, like myself, to take a glimpse of what has happened and is currently still happening to one of the oldest and most popular Major League franchises. It presents facts and allows articles and images to tell the story of the downfall. It captures the voices of those who truly bleed blue and allows them to vent over the person who’s made headlines all season long— McCourt. It’s in their voices that you hear frustration and in their eyes that you see passion about this topic. It’s this documentary that reminds me that baseball is more than just a sport; it’s a way of life.
Now I may have not said too much about this documentary today because I think you should watch and judge it yourself. However, what I can tell you is that it’s real. It was made by a person, just like you and I; it wasn’t produced by a fancy production and it wasn’t made with the intention to make millions in the box office. No, “Blue Revolution” is more than that, it’s the community’s proof that they’ll stop at no means in order to get their team back. Nope, it is just the start. In the words of Emiliano Zapata, “¡Que viva la revolucion!”
“Blue Revolution” is expected to be available to the public early 2012.