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'Heading Home,' Team Israel doc, hits theaters

See Yankee alum Blomberg, slugger Decker, directors in N.Y., N.J., L.A.
@_dadler
September 7, 2019

"Heading Home" -- a documentary chronicling Team Israel's underdog run in the 2017 World Baseball Classic -- is in theaters now, with screenings around the New York City area and Los Angeles. There are special guest Q&As all weekend, too, featuring former New York Yankee Ron Blomberg, Team Israel slugger

"Heading Home" -- a documentary chronicling Team Israel's underdog run in the 2017 World Baseball Classic -- is in theaters now, with screenings around the New York City area and Los Angeles.

There are special guest Q&As all weekend, too, featuring former New York Yankee Ron Blomberg, Team Israel slugger Cody Decker, "Heading Home" directors Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller and Jeremy Newberger and more.

The movie is being shown in these locations this week:

New York: Quad Cinema (Manhattan), Cinema Arts Centre (Huntington), Cinema 100 (White Plains)

New Jersey: Claridge Cinemas (Montclair), Tenafly Cinemas

Los Angeles: Laemmle's Royal (L.A.), Laemmle's Town Center (Encino)

Starting Sept. 13, there will be screenings at these additional theaters:

New York: Kew Gardens Cinemas, Malverne Cinema, Roslyn Cinemas

New Jersey: Maplewood Theater

California: Edwards Westpark 8 (Irvine), Palm Desert 10 (Palm Springs)

Blomberg is attending screenings at NYC's Quad Cinema this weekend, with Q&As scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, and 12:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. on Sunday.

Decker will be at Los Angeles theaters all weekend, with Q&As scheduled at Laemmle's Royal at 5:20 p.m. PT and 7:45 p.m. PT on Saturday, and at Laemmle's Town Center in Encino at 5:20 p.m. and 7:50 p.m. on Sunday.

The film's directors will be conducting Q&As at screenings at other New York area theaters on Saturday (in Huntington, N.Y., at 7 p.m.) and Sunday (in Tenafly, N.J., at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.) as well as on Thursday in Montclair, N.J., at 7 p.m.

Playing in its first World Baseball Classic in 2017 -- after having to win a qualifying round in Brooklyn N.Y., to even get into the tournament field -- Team Israel shocked everyone when they made it to the cusp of the Classic's championship round.

Israel swept through pool play, including huge upsets over host South Korea and a Netherlands team starting Andrelton Simmons, Jurickson Profar, Xander Bogaerts, Jonathan Schoop and Didi Gregorius. Team Israel went on to upset Cuba in Round 2 before they were finally eliminated with losses to the Netherlands and Japan. The team featured many MLB-affiliated or formerly affiliated players, like Decker, Ike Davis, Ryan Lavarnway and Jason Marquis.

And Team Israel's story is far from over. Several American Jewish players have officially gained citizenship to play for Israel as it attempts to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Former Mets infielder Ty Kelly is among those currently playing for Israel in the 2019 European Baseball Championship.

A sequel to "Heading Home" is in the works to follow Team Israel's Olympic path. Watch the trailer here.

David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler.