The Sportys baseball DVD -- it's a hit!



Let's get one thing straight up front -- I know next to nothing about baseball. And Alfie knows less than nothing. Neither of us grew up here, so baseball has never been on our radar, and our kids have spent their early years not knowing anything about America's Pastime. But now they're starting to show some interest in the sport. They've got friends in Little League and cousins who love to Play Ball, and they're feeling a bit left out since they barely know how to hold a bat, let along hit a ball with it. So when I was given the opportunity to preview The Sportys, a brand new baseball DVD for kids, I gladly said yes because I thought it would be a great way to introduce my kids to baseball.

The Basics
The Sportys DVD has a 22-minute animated segment that tells the story of a ragtag bunch of baseball newbies who are introduced to the fundamentals of the game by a baseball named "Stitch" (voiced by Michael Clarke Duncan of The Green Mile fame). The team (along with ) learn about fouls and strikes, bunts and walks, and everything from first base to home plate. They end up playing a game against some baseball bullies, and learn about teamwork, positive thinking and good sportsmanship.

For parents and kids who want to take it one step further, the DVD also has several live-action "skills and drills" segments featuring Yankees Hitting Coach Kevin Long and some bat-toting youngsters. Mr. Long offers tips on stretching, hitting, fielding, pitching, and base running for kids who want to improve their baseball skills at home (and for parents who want to help them).

The Bongga
My kids loved the story so much that they asked to watch it again right after the show ended! And I know the DVD has been successful in introducing them to baseball, because right this minute I can hear them incorporating baseball terms and situations into their pretend play.

What I like best of all are the "skills and drills" segments just for parents, where Kevin Long offers tips on setting expectations (kids' and parents'!), teamwork and sportsmanship. With all the stories I hear about parents yelling at their kids and coaches and each other, it's so great that this DVD emphasizes the importance of good values and having fun.

The Blah
There isn't really much I didn't like about the DVD. The Pea thought it was weird that the animated kids all seemed to move around in slow motion, and I did think the animation looked rather flat, but the characters were kind of cute (they reminded me of the characters in the Puffs tissues commercials.


The Bottom Line
Whether my boys end up in Little League or stick to playing pickup bat-and-ball games with their cousins, The Sportys DVD has given them some great entertainment, practical baseball instruction and valuable life lessons. I can't wait for The Sportys to come up with more DVDs for other sports!

Win it! One lucky Bonggamom Finds reader will win a copy of The Sportys DVD and a signed collectible poster signed by Evan Longoria, 2008 Rookie of the Year!

Required entry: Leave a comment on this post and tell me your child's favorite baseball team (If he doesn't know any teams, tell me your child's favorite sport. Don't forget to leave your email address or other means of contacting you.

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This giveaway ends at midnight PST on August 17, 2009.; I will draw a winner at random on August 18 and post the winner's name on the comments section soon after. For additional giveaway rules, click here. Good luck!

I received a product sample for this review, but no monetary compensation. The views and opinions expressed in this post are my own.

56 Comments, Leave yours here:

melanie on August 4, 2009 at 7:08 PM said...

we are all big cubs fans here--whether they like it or not! we listen to baseball a lot so i think the kids would love to know more about what they are hearing...

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moushka on August 5, 2009 at 6:52 AM said...

My 6yo daughter loves playing baseball and soccer.

Deanna on August 6, 2009 at 10:46 AM said...

My sons fav baseball team is the San Diego Padres! He loves baseball. Thanks for the chance!

Deanna on August 6, 2009 at 10:52 AM said...

I entered the "Dive, Olly, Dive" DVD giveaway

1agordon on August 6, 2009 at 11:12 AM said...

the red sox

peg42 on August 6, 2009 at 2:32 PM said...

My sons adore the New York Yankee's. They even got to meet Robinson Cano and since, they've become even bigger fans.

mverno on August 6, 2009 at 3:16 PM said...

red sox mverno@roadrunner.com

carol on August 7, 2009 at 7:34 AM said...

my grandsons favorite sport is soccer...he is 5 and just started to play...thanks for the great giveaway

Janice Golden said...

Atlanta Braves for us down here
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maweisberg on August 7, 2009 at 2:00 PM said...

i want to win this

judybrittle on August 7, 2009 at 4:55 PM said...

My grandsons are a fan of the Detroit Tigers. Thank you!

judybrittle on August 7, 2009 at 4:55 PM said...

I entered Super WHY DVD giveaway

judybrittle on August 7, 2009 at 4:56 PM said...

I entered Dive Olly Dive DVD giveaway

judybrittle on August 7, 2009 at 4:56 PM said...

I entered Sid the Science Kid DVD giveaway

judybrittle on August 7, 2009 at 4:57 PM said...

I tweeted
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Alexander on August 7, 2009 at 11:09 PM said...

His favorite team? Gotta be the Giants.

littlelatina on August 11, 2009 at 9:35 AM said...

My son is a yankees fan which is funny because his grandfather is a die hard mets fan.

Linda on August 11, 2009 at 11:17 AM said...

My grandson is a great Cardinal fan, he loves to play baseball and football.
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Diana on August 11, 2009 at 6:55 PM said...

Well, my son's too young to know it, but his favorite team is the Seattle Mariners! And he loves, loves, loves to throw balls-so I see a future pitcher in our midst. :)

Diana on August 11, 2009 at 6:55 PM said...

I entered the Safeway Card Giveaway

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Carol EL on August 13, 2009 at 5:14 PM said...

Not much hope here where the grandkids have to root for the Pittsburgh Pirates. jelly15301@gmail.com

Carol EL on August 13, 2009 at 5:14 PM said...

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Nickolay on August 14, 2009 at 2:51 PM said...

The Minnesota Twins. He even is growing his sideburns like Joe Mauer

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Ken on August 14, 2009 at 5:34 PM said...

Despite criticism. we like both the NY Yankees and NY Mets. The New York metropolitan area is our home. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

chromiumman on August 16, 2009 at 12:11 AM said...

youngest's fave is the oakland a's

erma on August 16, 2009 at 6:56 AM said...

My son loves the NY Yankees and NY Mets.
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missrantsypants on August 16, 2009 at 10:21 AM said...

We love the Red Sox!




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Anonymous said...

My son loves the Arizona Diamondbacks (much to my dismay since I am a San Francisco Giants fan). I have tried to convert him over (to the darkside as he puts it) but to no avail.

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Anonymous said...

The Chicago Cubs!

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amyd on August 16, 2009 at 4:49 PM said...

Yanks all the way

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Kim F on August 16, 2009 at 5:07 PM said...

My sons both love our home team the Rays.

Erica G on August 16, 2009 at 6:49 PM said...

St. Louis Cardinals!

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Hotsnotty2 on August 16, 2009 at 9:03 PM said...

The Orioles! Thanks!

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kngmckellar on August 17, 2009 at 5:54 AM said...

Their favorite is the Detroit Tigers.

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kngmckellar on August 17, 2009 at 5:55 AM said...

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idahomom on August 17, 2009 at 7:31 AM said...

Chicago White Sox

FDP 4 Life on August 17, 2009 at 10:59 AM said...

we are big yankee fans

FDP 4 Life on August 17, 2009 at 10:59 AM said...

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FDP 4 Life on August 17, 2009 at 11:01 AM said...

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Gabriel J. on August 17, 2009 at 11:10 AM said...

the KC Chiefs!

Kelly F on August 17, 2009 at 1:09 PM said...

Our family are huge White Sox fans!

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Kelly F on August 17, 2009 at 1:11 PM said...

I faved Bonggamom finds on technorati!
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Maja on August 17, 2009 at 6:42 PM said...

my son loves soccer

Maja on August 17, 2009 at 6:42 PM said...

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Jinxy and Me on August 17, 2009 at 9:02 PM said...

NY Yankees!

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K on August 17, 2009 at 10:05 PM said...

Favorite team is Dodgers, with the Angels coming close at second place!

Thanks

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bridget3496 on August 17, 2009 at 10:16 PM said...

Favorite team is the Braves!

kathy pease on August 17, 2009 at 10:16 PM said...

my son is a ny yankees fan :)

kathy pease on August 17, 2009 at 10:17 PM said...

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Donna on August 17, 2009 at 11:58 PM said...

My son likes karate.
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Donna on August 18, 2009 at 12:00 AM said...

Faved you on technorati.(donnak4)

lilyk on August 18, 2009 at 12:03 AM said...

We love the Los Angeles Dodgers!

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Bonggamom on September 1, 2009 at 11:32 AM said...

This giveaway is now closed.

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