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Did You Know….

Three former major-leaguers have been both fathers and grandfathers to major leaguers.  Ray Boone fathered Bob, who is the father of Aaron and Bret.  Gus Bell was Buddy Bell’s dad, and Buddy’s kids include David and Mike.  Sammy Hairston’s son Jerry is father to Jerry Jr. and Scott.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Armchair Reader – Grand Slam Baseball’

Rent This Movie: Bigger, Faster, Stronger.

I watched this movie last night and with all of the recent and non-stop talk about steroids in sports and specifically in baseball, I thouhgt I would put this out there as a recommendation for you to watch.

This film is a documentary about 3 brothers that grew up in an age when being the best meant being bigger, faster, and stronger than the competition.  Like many of us, these 3 guys idolized the same sports heroes that we did in our youth – Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jose Canseco, Hulk Hogan, and others.  Yet 2 of these 3 brothers were unable to accomplish what they wanted in the gym or on the playing field so they turned to steroids as a means to get bigger, faster, and stronger.

Some of the more interesting parts of the film entail dealing with the parents of these 3 guys as the father certainly has an inkling of what they’re doing while the mom doesn’t.  Also, one of the guys is a high school football coach and family man and it’s very interesting to see how his students and especially his wife feel about the choices he’s made.  And this film also provides quite a bit of humor as the narrator and star of the film, Christopher Bell, interviews people all across America about the use of illegal steroids and the effect they are having on people of all ages.

I don’t want to provide all of the details of the film, just a summary and a recommendation to check it out if it sounds entertaining to you.  It should be noted that since the release of this documentary one of the brothers, Mike Bell, passed away at the age of 37 quite possibly due to the effects that steroids had on his body. 

Check out the trailer: