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30 for 30 Shorts: ‘Fields of Fear’

Our latest film, from award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney, tells the story of how a mental trauma can take the game away from a professional athlete

Welcome back to our 30 for 30 documentary short series.

Mackey Sasser was an exceptional catcher for the New York Mets in the late 1980s and early ’90s. He could hit. He could manage a pitching staff. He could nail you trying to steal second base. But one day, there was something Sasser couldn’t do. He couldn’t throw the ball back to the pitcher. Suddenly the most basic act for a catcher was next to impossible for Sasser. What happened? This film explores the mental side of the game and shows how a childhood trauma can come back to overwhelm a professional athlete, and how confronting it can lead to recovery.

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Director’s statement: Alex Gibney

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