Still, We Believe: The Boston Red Sox Movie

Still, We Believe: The Boston Red Sox Movie

As I write this, it is the cusp of summer, and the Boston Red Sox are winning. They’ve won seven out of ten and sit in first place, a half game ahead of that barnstorming assemblage of all-stars, that billionaire’s vanity toy, also known as the New York Yankees. The Sox lead despite a daunting array of injuries to key players; one star (Trot Nixon) and one superstar (Nomar Garciaparra) have yet to play a single inning this season, while last year’s league batting champ (Bill Mueller) languishes on the disabled list. Yet night after night the team keeps finding ways to win. Calm down, my heart. It’s only June. Just wait for August and September, when the Sox have a matchless tradition of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

That tradition is the subject of Still, We Believe, Paul Doyle’s documentary chronicle of the 2003 Red Sox. The club gave Doyle unlimited access, from locker room to owner’s box, but what he’s really interested in are Boston’s fans. He interviews eight of the Olde Towne Team’s faithful, charting their ups and downs over the course of a thrilling and ultimately heartbreaking season-a campaign in which the Red Sox, buoyed by new ownership and the acquisition of some hard-working, no-name players, fought their way to the American League championship series, only to lose in seven games to the Yankees. The death blow was a home run struck by journeyman infielder Aaron Boone, in a...

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Rand Richards Cooper, one of Commonweal's film critics, is the author of two works of fiction, The Last To Go and Big as Life.