Saturday, December 13, 2014


At the end of the Summer the New York Yankees released a bold new venture that like everything else the organization does relied heavily on tradition and the belief that Yankee baseball is filled with moments that it’s fans can only describe as ‘magical’.

A few weeks ago, I took the time to unwind and experience this animated feature that took us back to the last Yankee championship in 2009 and beyond.

(In Photo: CC Sabathia recording for Henry & Me)

Henry & Me’ wouldn’t be an easy sell to the kids if you described the plot, especially non-Yankee fans, but the movie fits into some of the classic baseball films that have inspired younger generations.  It’s about something everyone will experience in one way or another… adversity.

In the case of the movie’s main character that adversity comes in the form of life threatening cancer.  A boy on verge of giving up is inspired by the game he loves and the heroes from his beloved team to believe in the unseen and push himself to live.

“It’s not over,” the sick Jack tells the magical Henry about the game the team is losing just as the kid goes in for surgery.

Henry, voiced by Richard Gere, takes Jack on a magical journey that sees him playing ball with Babe Ruth, Lefty Gomez, Mickey Mantle, Thurman Munson and more.

The movie made news before it was released due to the fact that Alex Rodriguez’s involvement in the Biogenesis scandal forced the filmmakers to make his role in the project less prominent.

What I saw was a well intentioned classically animated feature that explored baseball lore and looked to inspire those who face adversity to ‘believe’ and never give up.

Half of baseball is hoping and believing that in the end things ‘go your way.’

Luis Guzman as Lefty Gomez was amazing and Cyndi Lauper’s role is unmistakable.

The movie does carry a heavy-handed homage to “The Boss” George Steinbrenner but in the animated world of ‘Henry & Me’ it makes perfect sense.

I think this film belongs in any fans home baseball video library.

Wolfgang Von Bunt
BYB Staff Writer
Twitter: @WVBunt

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