Derek Jeter Swings His Bat in New TV Movie


Barbara Kopple—the Oscar winning director of documentaries like American Dream and Harlan County USA—told me she’s working on a film for ESPN about the closing of Yankee Stadium. Said Kopple, “The stories involved are amazing. There was a 93-year-old man who’d been there every day since he was six and who always wanted to be on the field. So his children carried him and put him there.” And then left him there? “No!” she exclaimed, smiling. “Of course,” Kopple added, “I also got to go in the locker room and see Derek Jeter in a towel. I felt like Eloise at the Plaza!” And suddenly I am desperate to see a sports film.

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