The CBC will screen “The Wrath Of Grapes : The Don Cherry Story II” tonight, the second half of a documentary chronicling the career of player/coach/broadcaster/fashion plate Don Cherry (“Keeo Your Head Up, Kid – The Don Cherry Story” was shown last year). The film coincides with Cherry making his Twitter debut this week, the nature of which Grapes explains to The Star’s Raju Mudhar :
“(The CBC bosses) came up to me after the last game and said, ‘Don, we’d like to do something on a Twitter.’ I said, ‘What the heck’s a Twitter?’ Now I’ve heard of them. … I don’t understand it too much, and I’ve heard a lot of guys get into a lot of trouble with these Twitters. I don’t quite understand it, because I don’t have a cell phone. … But the one reason we’re doing it and it was explained to me, there’s a lot of guys out there with Don Cherry Facebooks, or whatever they call it and you know saying things that I’m supposed to be saying, so this is going to be the official one. And they said it would be good for me. Whatever it is, I’m going to give it a try.”
The film covers many of the controversies Cherry has lived through the years, and dwells a lot on the strained relationship he had with various layers of CBC management over the years. But he says things are fine now.
“I had an awful time for a long time with the CBC. In fact, one of the executives who’s not here now, called me despicable and uh, I forgot the other word, reprehensible, that was the other one. When I looked up what it meant, I wasn’t too happy,” he says. “But lately, I have to admit, I’ve been getting along with them pretty good. I don’t know whether or not that’s good or bad, I seem to be getting along pretty good with them now.”