Monday, July 14, 2008

Addendum: Seacoast Online: "Alexenberg's story may hit the big screen"

Portsmouth, N.H.
July 14, 2008

Alexenberg's story may hit the big screen

by Mike Sullivan

Portsmouth resident Ari Alexenberg, who as many of you know pitched and coached professionally in the Israel Baseball League last summer, could be headed for Hollywood.

Steve Sanger of Portsmouth-based Sanger Communications is making a movie of Alexenberg's story, which has been well documented in these pages. Alexenberg pitched professionally overseas at the age of 45 after not playing competitive, organized baseball until he was 23 — and that's just one part of his odyssey. Alexenberg is Jewish — his parents and a brother live in Israel — and fiercely proud of his heritage. The film will explore both his Jewish heritage and love of baseball.

According to Sanger, "the film is 'in the can' and currently being edited." After being a part of the filming process, Alexenberg is excited to see the finished product.

"It was a lot of fun because we did a lot of the filming here in Portsmouth before we left (for Israel last summer)," Alexenberg said. "They filmed in Israel, as well."

Alexenberg also reported that he was contacted recently by a literary agent about a book deal. Yep, a star could be born at 46. Not that Alexenberg ever expected any of this.

It was all about playing ball, and now this is all happening," Alexenberg said. "It's great."

Sanger is also acting as an agent and is actively trying to sell the story to Hollywood, according to Alexenberg. Look for more on this story in the coming weeks.

Mike Sullivan is a Herald columnist. He can be reached at

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