Baseball writer Ron Kaplan thought Jon’s first-person perspective is what set the movie apart:
Jon Leonoudakis was at that game with his brother, Tim. It was the first time his beloved “Jints” had made it to the World Series since 1962, which they lost to the New York Yankees on the final at-bat of Game Seven. The earthquake and its aftermath are seen through [Jon and his brother Tim’s] eyes and those of their friends, other family members, and fellow fans. It’s at once a terribly sad and triumphant look at the disaster. Much more than the ESPN production [“The Day the Series Stopped” for their 30 for 30 series], this is a home-movies vibe, which may or may not be your cup of tea. But the Leonoudakis clan takes great joy and comfort in their relationships and that comes across so much, as opposed to “just another project” for the ESPN crew.