The pitch to canonize the late baseball great Roberto Clemente may seem like something straight out of left — or, in his case, right — field, but the idea is winning over fans.
So says the director of the film "Baseball's Last Hero: 21 Clemente Stories" in an emailed news release.
Richard Rossi, a Pittsburgh native and idolizer of the Pirates' Hall of Famer, argues that his movie shows Clemente "exemplified the scripture, 'Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:13.)
"Roberto Clemente was not only the best right fielder of all time in his 18 season for the Pittsburgh Pirates, but was also an imitator of Christ, dying to save others," Rossi wrote in a letter to Pope Francis and the archbishop of Clemente's native Puerto Rico.