Nine Innings from Ground Zero
(A documentary film)
One of the best aspects of documentaries – be they short films or feature length – is their ability to both entertain and teach. At just a little longer than an hour, one of my all-time favorite documentaries clocks in somewhere in between. The film is called Nine Innings from Ground Zero and it is absolutely amazing!
Nine Innings from Ground Zero is – as you have likely guessed by now – about both the great horrors and heartbreaking tragedy of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, as well as about the Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Yankees World Series that was played a little more than one month after that fateful day in September, 2001. And while you might think sports are incredibly trivial when placed beside such a cruel, difficult reality as the 9/11 attacks, this documentary will show you why that assumption is so incredibly wrong. In truth, a series of seven baseball games has never meant more to the American spirit, both individually and as a collective nation.
Nine Innings from Ground Zero will make you cry, smile, clench your hands into tight fists, cry a little more, and by the end of its airing, it will remind you of all that is right with our country. I’m reluctant to write too much here, hoping that you will instead take the well-invested hour or so to enjoy this emotional story filled with catharsis, empathy, grief, and resilience. Ultimately, as the closing credits roll and you reach for a drink and a Kleenex, you’ll realize that while the ballgame’s result isn’t what matters, everything else in life – from community, courage, and family, to compassion, friendship, and respect – does so very much.
Take the time this weekend, or later this week, to watch this fascinating documentary. It will stay with you for a very long time, and for all the best reasons.
[You can search for Nine Innings from Ground Zero on HBO, Amazon, or Netflix. I’m not sure it’s available on all three providers, but one those is sure to carry it]