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In , a pudgy year-old Mexican pitcher, Fernando Valenzuela, took the MLB by storm, shattering America's image of the ace pitcher. Documentary · "The Natural is supposed to be a blue-eyed boy who teethed on a ounce Louisville Slugger. He should run like the wind and throw boysenberries through brick. He should Fernando Nation Poster. "The Natural is supposed to be a . the American dream was not reserved for Written by ESPN Films. Nicknamed “El Toro” by his fans, year-old Fernando Valenzuela was one of the most captivating pitching phenoms baseball has ever seen. Virtually overnight, he became a hero to millions of Latinos, proving with his signature look to the heavens and killer screwball that the American dream was not reserved for those.
26 Oct Cruz Angeles' “Fernando Nation” covers its subject reasonably well, though in keeping with too many of the recent 30 For 30 episodes, it lacks that sense - When ESPN announced the 30 For 30 fall schedule over this summer, this slot was supposed to be filled by Alex Gibney's documentary about Steve. The Story: Nicknamed “El Toro” by his fans, year-old Fernando Valenzuela was one of the most captivating pitching phenoms baseball has ever seen. Virtually overnight, he became a hero to millions of Latinos, proving with his signature look to the heavens and killer screwball that the American dream was not reserved. Left-hander Fernando Valenzuela was plucked from obscurity in Mexico in to become the Los Angeles Dodgers' opening-day pitcher. This spirited ESPN documentary explores Fernando's unique flair on the mound and his devastating screwball. Cast. Fernando Valenzuela. Director. Cruz Angeles. Genres.
25 Oct Fernando Valenzuela was a surprise in all kinds of ways. But, according to Fernando Nation, which premieres in ESPN's 30 for 30 series on 26 October, the adulation he inspired was hardly incidental. Charming and gifted, the pitcher also represented the expectations and hopes of assorted communities. One thing I learned watching this documentary, the Hispanic community of LA had no love for the Dodgers, due to the eviction of the inhabitants of Chavez Ravine to build the stadium, around 25 years earlier. Time and Fernando bridged the gap, at long last the team affectionately became Los Dodgers.