Friday, November 16, 2007

''Playing for peanuts''

"Playing for Peanuts" is a 12-episode reality TV series about minor league baseball. The show follows one season with the South Georgia Peanuts - an independent team in the newly formed South Coast League and managed by former big leaguer Wally Backman. The team is a mix of rookies on their way up and veterans hoping for one more shot at the big leagues. Other coaches in the league who appear in the show are include Cecil Fielder and Phil Plantier.

''Playing for Peanuts'' trailer

The show has been put together by John Fitzgerald, who created 'The Emerald Diamond', the critically acclaimed documentary on the Irish baseball team. Find out more about 'The Emerald Diamond' here.

John's an interesting guy, and well worthy of a little back and forth, questions and answers session, so check this out.

Q: Hey John, why don't you tell the readers who you are!
A: My name is John Fitzgerald. I'm an independent filmmaker. I directed "The Emerald Diamond" - the documentary about the Irish National Baseball Team. Over the course of "Emerald Diamond" and "Playing for Peanuts," I managed to rack up huge amounts of debt to make two projects that I totally believe in. These are stories that are worthwhile and interesting - and they are stories that no other network or film producer thought was worthwhile.

Q: Tell me this, is "PLAYING FOR PEANUTS" going to be good TV?
A: Yes. It will be the funniest, most informative TV show in the history of baseball. I absolutely believe that.

Q: Well then, tell me this, why isn't PFORP already on TV?
A: Because TV networks suck. Seriously... Look at the crap that is on TV because networks use focus groups to decide what goes on the air. Networks play it safe and the finished product always suffers because of it. These networks don't know a good thing when they see it. I'm taking an end around route to make this show work. It will work. It will get on TV and it will be good. Trust me!

Q: What is this '100 Bucks for peanuts' promotion all about?
I'm trying to raise money so that I can finish editing my TV show, "Playing for Peanuts." I need to raise 200 donations of $100 before the end of the year.

A; You get a ticket to the show's Premiere Party. The date and location of the party is TBA, but there will be special guests, drink specials and giveaways all night. It will be pretty cool and there's a good chance that this is your only way to get into the party.

A: Yes! There will be a few contests that you can only enter by donating $100. The first contest drawing is Dec. 1 - a randomly selected winner will receive personalized T-shirts and wood bats from IronWood Bats.

A: If I fail to reach 200 donations by Jan 1, 2008, you get your money back. The point is - if I don't raise enough cash to finish editing the show, you'll get your money back.

A: You can donate by clicking here and then clicking the "DONATE" button at the bottom of this page here. It's safe and secure - you can use a credit card or PayPal. Click here to find out more and donate.

Good luck with the show John!

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Irish National baseball team

Irish National baseball team
Team Ireland at the European Championships, Croatia, 2000.

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