Jim Harbaugh can be standoffish, blunt and snarly, but there’s a soft side to the 49ers coach.
It was captured beautifully in the Comcast SportsNet Bay Area production “Peruball: Jim Harbaugh in South America,” a one-hour documentary that debuted Tuesday and will be repeated throughout the month, including tonight at 9 p.m. It chronicles Harbaugh’s humanitarian trip to Peru in June.
It was Harbaugh’s sixth mission to Peru, but it was the first time a camera crew went with him.
Harbaugh was joined by his three children (Jay, James and Grace) and CSN anchor Dave Feldman for his annual trip to Piura, a small town about 600 miles north of Lima in which most live in poverty. The mission included building houses and visiting sick and eldery residents.
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Some of the moving material included Harbaugh charming scores of boys as he taught them the joys of Peruball, a mix of football, rugby and soccer.
Regardless of the setting, Harbaugh the coach is in his element, imploring effort and desire.
Feldman, a decades-long friend of Harbaugh’s, expertly drew out insight and flavor from the coach.
It’s must-see TV, even for those who don’t follow the 49ers.
What to watch
“Peruball: Jim Harbaugh in South America,”
9 p.m., CSNBA: Check out 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, the humanitarian.
What to do
Baseball, Houston at A’s, 7:05 p.m., O.co Coliseum: The A’s, who have lost six of seven, are 10-5 against the Astros this season, including 5-1 at the Coliseum.
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