Fitting Movie for St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Paddy’s day to you!

Yesterday at ESPN I wrote about baseball films, and one of them is particularly appropriate for today: The Emerald Diamond, which is a documentary on baseball in Ireland. Here is an excerpt from my article:

If you like underdog movies such as “Rocky” or “Rudy,” you’ll love this documentary, which follows the creation and rise of Ireland’s National Baseball Team (yes, they play baseball in Ireland). The team began with a co-ed collection of rugby rejects, chicken-wire backstops, stolen equipment and swamps for ball fields. Through gritty perseverance, passion, and pure joy for the game, this original group eventually developed a competitive club that united religions and races, and established a new pastime in a most unlikely land. A free preview can be seen at the film’s Facebook page.

Go ahead and visit The Emerald Diamond on Facebook, as there are free clips from the movie to see and Irish baseball fans and players to interact with.

FYI the movie was produced by occasional MetsToday pinch-hitter John Fitzgerald, who also produced Playing For Peanuts.

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.