Scouting for Diamonds
Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine making a feature documentary film about baseball scouts. Ever. Until now, most of my work has been in the non-profit world of social justice advocating for the ‘under dog’.
But after hearing about a guy named George Digby, a Boston Red Sox scout who signed dozens of great players--including Hall Of Famer, Wade Boggs and Ed Montague Sr.--who signed a guy named Willie Mays, I realized there were hundreds–if not thousands–of scouts who have devoted their lives to combing the bushes in search of that ‘next great player’. And for what? Money? Prestige? Fame? During the past 7 years making this film, we discovered the most ardent of baseball fans couldn't even name a scout.
Not long after meeting Hall Of Famer Wade Boggs, super Scout and former Executive, Gary Hughes stepped up to the plate and that’s when things really started to take off. It seemed with Gary Hughes on our team, everyone in Major League Baseball cheered us on. Never daunted by the relentless obstacles of independent filmmaking (and there are plenty) Gary repeatedly urged me to ‘keep swinging’ in that G Hughes way. It was like having our very own superhero on speed dial.
Hughes enlisted the support of numerous baseball executives like Dave Dombrowski, Billy Beane, Clint Hurdle, Theo Epstein, Dusty Baker, Dayton Moore and Joe Maddon and a few friend friends--including film and TV actors Brian Doyle Murray and Bill Murray who are lifelong Chicago Cubs fans. Everyone seemed to agree that a ground-breaking movie about legendary scouts was necessary.
Like many films, “Scouting for Diamonds” experienced some unexpected delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic but we have every intention of finishing the film in 2021. And while we are all still reeling from the sadness of Gary’s departure, the heavens smiled upon us once again.
Independent film producers Andy Fraser & Katie Politanoff of A Really Good Home Pictures, recently became fans of the project and have stepped up to the plate to oversee the completion of the film.
See Gary, we are still swinging!
So for all of you who are cheering us on in the bottom of the ninth, we thank you and we love you for it!
Over 5 1/2 years and 140 interviews later we are close to completion but sadly, for all of us Gary opted for a skybox to watch the final inning. And while this film couldn’t possibly have ever happened without him, it is now dedicated to him.
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