Wednesday, September 19, 2012

All-Star Gala Follows 'Knuckleball' Premiere

Editor With HOFamer Niekro
FenwayNation was lucky enough to be in attendance at the "after party" following the Boston premiere of the new documentary, "Knuckleball" (see our review of the film here). The event took place at the Royal Rooters Club at Fenway Park and featured many of the stars of the film—including Red Sox legend Tim Wakefield. Also in attendance were Hall Of Famer Phil Niekro, Charlie Hough and Belmont's Wilbur Wood. Filmmakers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg were also there—basking in the positive vibes from the premiere. Talking baseball with these great pitchers was a delight—and seeing Niekro still donning his Braves cap (see pic) was a real treat. Niekro was a revelation both in the film and at the event. At one point, when asked how he prepared for hitters, he said: "I didn't. I just said, hey, I got the ball, you got the bat, try to hit it. Eventually, I'll beat you." Now, that's game preparation.