April 28 (Bloomberg) -- While their fellow film students at New York University were writing papers and studying for exams last year, Andrew Jenks, Andrew Muscato and Jonah Quickmire Pettigrew were in Japan following Bobby Valentine around on a bicycle.
當紐約大學電影系的學生們撰寫報告與研究去年的範例時，, Andrew Jenks, Andrew Muscato以及 Jonah Quickmire Pettigrew此時正在日本騎著單車跟隨大情人南征北討。
They were filming ``The Zen of Bobby V,'' a documentary about the former New York Mets and Texas Rangers manager who has become a legend in Japanese baseball, someone so famous that he has a street, a beer and a burger named after him. The movie, financed by ESPN, is playing at the Tribeca Film Festival and will air May 13 on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. New York time.
他們當時在製作``The Zen of Bobby V'這部以前紐約大都會隊、德州遊騎兵隊總教練後來成為日本棒球界的傳奇人物Bobby Valentine為主角、由ESPN出資的紀錄片。在日本，他出名的程度甚至有街道、啤酒、漢堡以他為名。這部影片正於Tribeca影展上映並且會在五月十三號晚上九點的ESPN2頻道撥出(紐約時間)
The peripatetic Valentine likes to cruise around on his bicycle, so the young filmmakers bought a tandem bike to stay close to him. Jenks and Muscato took turns pedaling, while Pettigrew sat in the back manning the camera.
``Bobby never stops moving, so you have to be creative to keep up with him,'' Muscato said last week during a joint interview with his oviemaking partners at Bloomberg's New York headquarters.
The three friends previously worked together on ``Andrew Jenks, Room 335,'' an HBO documentary about Jenks's experience as a summer resident at an assisted-living facility in Florida. They took a leave of absence from NYU to make ``The Zen of Bobby V,'' spending eight months in Japan to chronicle an entire season of Valentine's Chiba Lotte Marines.
這三個朋友過去即合作拍攝過``Andrew Jenks, Room 335,''，這部HBO紀錄片是根據Jenk某個夏季曾於佛州研究援助式生活設施的經驗所拍攝。他們為了製作``The Zen of Bobby V,''離開紐約大學，而後在日本居住八個月為了記載大情人與千葉羅德海洋隊的完整球季。
Though they all grew up as Yankees fans -- Jenks, 22, in Cortlandt Manor, New York; Muscato, 22, in Basking Ridge, New Jersey; and Pettigrew, 21, in New Haven, Connecticut -- the trio had no qualms about befriending the ex-manager of New York's other big-league team.
他們都是洋基迷的身分自小成長至今。Jenks，22歲，出身紐約的Cortlandt Manor；Muscato，22歲，出身紐澤西的Basking Ridge。Pettigrew，21歲出身康乃狄克的New Haven。這三人對於與這位前紐約的大聯盟球隊總教練成為朋友這件事，並不會感到不安或疑懼。
``We knew he would be a great subject,'' said Jenks, who founded his own film festival when he was 16. ``He's very talkative, to say the least, and he always speaks his mind.''
The student filmmakers immersed themselves in Japanese baseball culture, which is very different than the American brand. For instance, fans sing and chant throughout the games, giving them a college-football feel. Chiba Lotte honored its fans by retiring the No. 26, representing an extra man on the team's 25-player roster.
``They're more like soccer fans than baseball fans,'' Muscato said. ``They take it incredibly seriously. They travel with the team and they sing for all the batters.''
Japanese baseball is also unique on the field, where discipline and team unity take priority over freedom and individual flair.
"These guys will come in on their off day and practice for eight hours,'' Jenks said. ``And nobody ever questions what the manager says.''
Stars Leaving Japan
In recent years, stars like Ichiro Suzuki, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Matsui have left Japan to play in the U.S. While the Japanese are proud to see their heroes make it in the majors, their loss has taken a toll.
"TV viewership is down and teams have had to merge,'' Pettigrew said.
"There's really only two teams that are making money in Japan.''
The three-man crew followed Valentine on and off the field. He's seen walking through Japanese gardens, climbing Mount Fuji, filming commercials, mingling with fans and giving pep talks in the locker room.
We also see Valentine, who is in his second stint as Chiba Lotte's manager, giving an emotional speech to the crowd in Japanese after the Marines win their first-round playoff series. (Valentine isn't fluent in Japanese, but he knows enough to communicate.)
``It reminded me of `Gladiator,''' Muscato said. ``Everybody was chanting Bobby's name. He won everybody over because the Japanese love it when you make an attempt to speak their language.''
Valentine, who turns 58 next month, lives alone in Japan during the season while his wife Mary remains home in Stamford, Connecticut. She visits him every other month, but even then it's hard to get his mind off the game.
"During the season, all he thinks about is baseball,'' Muscato said. ``And after all these years, he still takes losing very hard. He shuts down and becomes introverted, which isn't the way he usually acts.''