Meet the Peanuts

playing for peanuts logoThe long-awaited documentary series “Playing for Peanuts” debuts this weekend on SNY. Tune in on Sunday evening, May 11th, at 6pm, to see the first episode, “Meet the Peanuts”.

In case you hadn’t read any of the hype yet, this series is an inside look on a minor league baseball team, which happened to be managed by former Met fan favorite Wally Backman. By the end of the summer, I guarantee you will have a completely different image of Backman, and wonder why the heck he doesn’t have an MLB managing job.

However, it’s not just about Backman, but also gets a true inside perspective of what it’s like to be a struggling minor leaguer — on and off the field. I was lucky enough to preview the first episode and will tell you that this it’s worth watching, and something to program on your DVR.

Full broadcast details below, for those outside the NY area. You can also learn more about the series at the Playing for Peanuts website, and by reading producer John Fitzgerald’s blog.

CSN Chicago (DISH: 429, DIRECT: 640)- May 11 @ 7pm.

SportsNet NY (SNY) (DISH: 438, DIRECT: 625)- May 11 @ 6pm.

Sportsnet Philadelphia – May 11 @ 7pm.

Sportsnet New England (DISH:435, DIRECT: 620) – May 11 @ 7pm

Sportsnet Bay Area (DISH: 419, DIRECT: 654)- May 11 @ 8pm

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. murph May 9, 2008 at 2:16 am
    I know John Fitzgerald. I met him at the premier of his first film, “The Emerald Diamond” about the Irish national baseball team. He is a great guy.

    I will definitely set my Tivo to record this.