Fans of the Stockton Ports may already know this, but a group of Stockton players carried around a video camera this season and shot themselves a movie in between weight sessions, BP and playing in games. The film is called Dream Revolver, and as one of the few who has seen it, I can tell you that Oakland fans will LOVE it.
It's a comedy, it's a drama, it's social commentary, it's behind the scenes baseball stuff, it's Oakland's future stars as you've never seen them before (and are unlikely to see them again).
Why this is important now is that the guys that were behind the film, Benny The Jet Winslow (above), Eddie Cornejo (below) and Jed Morris, will be on MLB Radio tomorrow, Friday November 4, 2005, at 2:30pm Eastern time, to discuss how Dream Revolver came to be.
Stockton utility man/assistant coach Winslow stars in the film, in which a first round draftee loses his love for the game, drifts through a couple of seasons of single-A ball, before some weird dreams involving a Mexican mariachi, a barefoot redneck fisherman, and The Ghost of Winslow's Future, spark his interest once more.
They shot the film in between games on a standard home video camera, editing it on a laptop during road trips and busting the hell out of a zero dollar budget. The flick features a whole range of Stockton players (basically, all of 'em), including Kurt Suzuki, Danny Putnam, Richie Robnett, Kevin Melillo, Scott Drucker, and more.
I've seen the film, and though I can't see it getting commercial big-screen distribution (for legal and rights difficulties more than any other reason), I hope these guys set up a website and sell copies to the fans because it's not only a great look inside the life of a minor leaguer, it's also pretty darn funny, with a finale that, I swear to god, will actually bring a tear to your eye.
Pictures courtesy of Notes From the Nat - more in the days to come!