S.I.M Rating: 7.09 out of 10 (2 Votes)
Cast: Bill Lee, Fred Lynn and Dan Shaughnessy
Bill "Spaceman" Lee was a fairly successful left-handed pitcher with the Boston Red Sox and Montreal Expos from 1969-1982. Known for his eccentricities (including requesting his uniform number be changed to '337' because it spelled 'Lee' upside down) as much as his skill, Lee was no stranger to controversy, and his outspoken methods weren't well accepted by the majority of his peers, and especially not by his managers.
Lee was the subject of a baseball documentary, Spaceman: A Baseball Odyssey, which documented his adventures during a baseball barnstorming trip to Cuba. Baseball fans will find the film thoroughly entertaining, primarily due to Lee's unpredictability and overall wackiness. His rapport with Cuban baseball players is especially effective, given the island nation's notorious reputation for diligently shielding its' star prospects from exposure to Western media. Overall, Spaceman is a celebration of the game itself, and Lee's commentary reinforces the fact that despite all of the hype and corporate trappings, it is still, after all, just a game.
Legendary slide guitarist Ry Cooder provides a wonderful soundtrack, perfectly capturing each individual scene via his unique stylings.