?Think of it as a baseball version of Hoop Dreams. HBO has expressed interest in buying the rights to Change Up, a 45-minute documentary that will remind many of that classic basketball film. While researching the Dodgers' Dominican Republic baseball academy earlier this year, filmmakers from Hollywood's Angry Young Ranch production company stumbled upon Alex Sosa, 18, and Pepey Rodriguez, 16, pitchers who had dropped out of high school to pursue careers in baseball. The movie, shot primarily in Santo Domingo, follows the two teens—both of whom throw better than 90 mph—through the ups and downs of their auditions for scouts, and it culminates in the players' signing with big league clubs, Much like Hoop Dreams, the film portrays the heavy burden placed on boys whose families are counting on them to strike it rich. It's a compelling piece.
?Here's something that should become a regular feature on college broadcasts: During its coverage of the Georgia-Alabama game last Saturday, CBS showed replays of touchdowns scored by both teams accompanied by the call from the school's radio play-by-play men—in this case, the venerable Eli Gold ( Alabama) and Larry Munson ( Georgia). A national audience got a taste of the exuberance that local fans get every week; this is the kind of detail that lends perspective and energizes a broadcast.
?Adding to the ignominy of last week's 11:06 p.m. ET start for Game I of the Arizona- St. Louis Division Series: The ABC Family Channel mistakenly switched away with two outs in the ninth inning and briefly aired part of an episode of Growing Pains before returning just in time for the final out.