The 2012 Major League Baseball season is all but wrapped up. The Tigers are waiting to see if they’ll face either the Orioles or the Yankees in the ALCS, while the Giants are now waiting to see if they’ll be facing either the Nationals or the Cardinals after Cincinnati’s epic three game collapse. Both the ALCS and the NLCS kick into high gear this weekend. Both Best-of-Seven series will take their teams deep into October. And eventually only two will remain to square off in the Fall Classic, the World Series. In celebration of the yearly Championship match, MLB Productions and A&E Home have released a retrospective of the Fall Classic.
The World Series: History of The Fall Classic has been released in both a double and quadruple disc set. Both sets present a full in depth history of baseball’s crown jewel from its beginnings in 1903 right up to the Cardinals’ win over the Texas Rangers. The presentation is narrated by NBC’s Bob Costas. Costas has a proven track record as a sports broadcaster. And his experience as a broadcaster shows through here in every minute of the documentary. His totally professional narrative style will keep any baseball fan’s attention. And the archived footage from throughout the series’ near one hundred and ten year history adds even more amazement to this set. It’s incredible that nearly century old footage has survived so long. Little, if any, is left out in this set. Even included here is the first time that the World Series went to a Game Seven. Honus Wagner and the Pirates faced off against Ty Cobb and the Chicago Cubs. Talk about baseball history. Hearing the story from former players and seeing the pictures brings it all together. This is just one example of what audiences have to look forward to with the set.
The stories of the Series are just the tip of the iceberg with this grand slam of a sports set. Fans that pick up the four-disc set are also treated to a load of bonus features, including loads of media bloopers from the likes of Costas himself, Bryant Gumble, and so many others. The bloopers are taken from the reporters’ own foibles, and even from moments shared with teams in their clubhouses. There are also highlights of some of the World Series’ best clinchers, and some of the most famous first pitches ever thrown in the history of the World Series. Again, this is just a tiny part of what this box set has to offer. It doesn’t matter for which team a fan roots, after going through all four discs of this set, any baseball fan will be left singing “Take Me Out To the Ballgame” all winter long and counting the days for that first pitch of spring all over again.
Baseball season is back in the air. Can you feel it? The weather’s getting warmer and baseball parks nationwide are coming back to life. The TV networks are running pre-season games and opening day promos seemingly every other day. And as an added measure to get baseball fans in a gametime mind, A&E and Major League Baseball Productions are relasing the newest piece of baeball history to the masses. The pair will release “Baseball’s Greatest Games: 2011 World Series Game 6″ on April 17th.
Every baseball fan remembers the St. Louis Cardinals meteoric rise from the depths of the baseball basement last year to take the World Series Championhip. The Redbirds trailed ten and a half games out of the Wild Card race last season when the team suddenly surged and made its way into the playoffs, and eventually the hearts of nearly every sports and baseball fan across the country. The Cards eventually made it to the World Series. And it was Game Six that really defined last year’s MLB Championship series. Now, fans will get to relive the entire Game Six experience whenever they want with the release of the entire game on a special blu-ray/dvd package.
The entire Game Six of the 2011 series is presented here on both discs, exactly as it appeared last year on Fox. It’s shown in its entirety without the worry of having to sit through commercial breaks, too. Though the commercial break moments are there. This especially allows fans to re-live the game at their leisure. Viewers can get together and have a party any time during the season, re-living this magical moment as they want. All in all, it’s one of those moments that reminds fans that even despite the black eyes that baseball has endured, it’s still one of the nation’s greatest sports.
The game’s full on, no frills presentation is only part of what makes this new release so impressive. Another bonus to the package is that it includes the whole game both in standard def dvd and blu-ray. Doing this allows audiences to watch the game in its entirety whether they own a blu-ray player or not. Even viewers with both a dvd player and blu-ray player can watch the game anywhere thanks to the inclusion of both formats in this set. There’s no denying though, the clarity of the game on an HDTV with blu-ray player. Although most blu-ray players can automatically upconvert standard def dvd’s. So again, kudos to A&E and MLB Productions for going to such lengths for baseball fans.
The pair is also to be commended for placing the full 9-inning score summary on the back of the set’s box. The rundown shows the intense back and forth battle of these “boys of summer.” Even before watching the game, it reminds audiences of the importance of this series changing showdown. That anticipation alone is enough to get any sports nut’s adrenaline pumping. Add in the full Game Six experience in two formats, and audiences get a great reminder of last season’s closing moments all while getting set for a whole new exciting 2012 MLB season.