The Bases Are Loaded (2005)

Genres - Culture & Society, Sports & Recreation  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Politics & Government, Social History, Sports  |   Run Time - 65 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Jason Buchanan

It's been fifty years since Baseball Hall of Fame legend Monte Irvin has seen former teammate and Cuban baseball superstar Connie Marrero, and now, as the pair reunite on Cuban soil, filmmaker Jeffrey Nagel explores their unique relationship by showing just how America's favorite pass-time has become a living metaphor for life in modern day Cuba. It's no secret that the people of Havana love the game of baseball, but their conversations about the game run much deeper than who is the best coach and which team has the best statistics. In Cuba baseball highlights the political realities of the game in the United States versus the Caribbean Sea island country. As two old friends come together for the first time in half-a-century, fans in both Cuba and America will be able to explore the manner in which a simple game reveals much more about a country than just their basic beliefs regarding sportsmanship and competition.