Up for Grabs (2005)

Genres - Culture & Society, Sports & Recreation  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Sociology, Sports  |   Release Date - May 6, 2005 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Mark Deming

In the summer of 2001, baseball star Barry Bonds was in the final stretch of a remarkable season when he knocked his 73rd home run of the year into the stands at Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco, breaking the major league record in the process. However, what happened after that soon became something of a tempest in a teapot -- spectator Patrick Hayashi walked away with the record-setting ball, but fellow fan Alex Popov claimed that he caught the ball, but it was wrestled away from him when dozens of folks were reaching for it at once. In time, Papov went so far as to take the matter to court...not as silly as it might sound when one considers that some sports memorabilia dealers estimated its value at one million dollars. Up for Grabs is a witty documentary from first-time director Michael Wranovics that examines the war of words and later court case between Hayashi and Popov, as different observers recall the big moment in very different ways.



baseball, controversy, courtroom, home-run, media-circus, record [world record], trial [courtroom], video-tape