Up for Grabs

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You don't have to be a baseball fan to be entertained by the absurdities, obsessions, and greed on display in this documentary.

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During the final leg of Major League Baseball's 2001 season, Giants batter Barry Bonds scores a historic 73rd home run at San Francisco's Pac Bell Park. Victorious in the ensuing scuffle for control of the record-breaking ball is spectator Patrick Hayashi -- a notion disputed by nearby Alex Popov, who claims Hayashi wrestled the ball from him. Director Michael Wranovics examines the resulting court battle, the media circus following the event and the obsessed fans behind the controversy.

Cast & Crew

Josh Keppel
Co-Producer
Chris Parry
Executive Producer
Roger Petrie
Executive Producer
Josh Keppel
Cinematographer
Zack Richard
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Critic Reviews for Up for Grabs

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (44) | Rotten (4)

  • Even if you didn't follow the story then, Wranovics tells it so wryly your interest never flags -- and there's more suspense for newcomers, since the mystery and court verdict remain in doubt until the end.

    June 26, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Up For Grabs, a buoyant documentary by Michael Wranovics, touches three bases of contemporary life: greed, litigiousness and a fixation with fame, however fleeting, that rises to the level of dementia.

    May 1, 2007 | Full Review…
  • It's a terrific story -- part mystery, part farce, part legal nail-biter -- with a last-minute reversal so bitterly ironic it could have been scripted by Billy Wilder.

    April 23, 2007 | Full Review…
  • In the annals of baseball history, their battle will remain a curious little footnote, but sometimes footnotes are more compelling than the main text.

    September 26, 2005

    Scott Tobias

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  • This smartly assembled comedy articulates irritation with and bewilderment at its subject: the legal battle for possession of a baseball.

    August 12, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It would be hard to find a more succinct and entertaining indictment of American popular culture and obsessive sports fans.

    June 17, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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