March 22nd, 2012
Directed by RICKI STERN & ANNIE SUNDBERG
I’m not a fan of film festivals (that’s a whole different post) but I may have to attend one of these Knuckleball! screenings at the Tribeca Film Festival. I’ve always been fascinated by the knuckleball. It’s the pitch with no spin causing cartoonish movement involving similar physics to early rifles. The number of knuckleball pitchers is slowly dying in the big leagues. The knuckleball isn’t a pitch that big leaguers have in their arsenal because it’s such a difficult high-risk pitch to throw. You’re either a knuckleball pitcher or you’re not.
I started pitching at the age of 7 and took it all the way to a scholarship offering for college (I didn’t accept). I occasionally threw the knuckleball if I was ahead in a game. It’s very easy to look foolish throwing the knuckleball and I wouldn’t want to hear my coach air me out for giving up a hit because of it. The few times I threw it in a game caused head turns. It’s a funny looking pitch but effective when thrown correctly.
Check the times for Knuckleball!.