In 1918 the Boston Red Sox won their fifth World Series, thanks in great part to a young pitching and hitting sensation from the slums of Baltimore, named George Herman Ruth, a.k.a. The Babe, or The Bambino. A year later, after not advancing to the playoffs, Red Sox owner Harry Frazee sold the Babe to the New York Yankees. In turn, the Bronx Bombers went on to win an incredible 26 World Series titles. Die-hard Red Sox fans who have lived their entire lives lamenting this trade have come to refer to it as the Curse of the Bambino. The Reverse of the Curse of the Bambino
features new footage from the devastating '03 pennant loss, the highlights of the historic '04 playoff victories and the World Series sweep. In addition, this acclaimed documentary combines unforgettable archival footage with contemporary interviews that focus on the true Red Sox fans who have been dreaming of the day they could see the Curse put to rest, once and for all.
Reverse of the Curse of the Bambino
finds a happier use for bleak material earlier found in HBO's 2003 Curse of the Bambino
. Where the latter told the seemingly endless saga of the Boston Red Sox's misfortunes since team owner Harry Frazee sold Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees in 1919, Reverse
picks up the story to include Boston's stunning victory in the 2004 World Series. Many of the quotes and archival footage included in the original Curse
are here, including anguished commentary from such Beantown enthusiasts as comics Denis Leary and Steven Wright, author Robert B. Parker, and former columnist Mike Barnicle. Painful recollections of the Yankees' perennial domination of the Red Sox, of countless screw-ups that snatched world championships from the team's hands for 86 years, and the redemptive story of Boston's 2004 comeback in a 3-0 series against the Yankees (and subsequent sweep of the Cardinals in the World Series) make this a uniquely moving (and funny) baseball documentary. --Tom Keogh