There are two stories involved in Mike Wranovics smart and wry debut film, UP FOR GRABS. The first is, of course, the one involving the battle royale over Barry Bonds’ 73rd home run ball, claimed by two people who were nothing if not tenacious in their willingness to hang on to that piece of sports memorabilia, not to mention the fortune that came with it. The second is how Wranovics, armed with only his MBA from Stanford and a determination to make a documentary about the story made that happen. When I talked with him on April 13, 2005, we covered both topics as well as where the fledgling filmmaker goes from here.
You don’t have to know the story, or even be a baseball fan, to get caught up in the fight over who owns the iconic baseball. This is a tale of human nature at its most interesting. It has the suspense of a thriller, and the melodrama of a soap opera all wrapped up in that most American of pastimes.