October is one of the greatest months of the year. The weather is beginning to change. Football is just getting into its best moments. And of course, America’s great past time, baseball garners some of its greatest moments as it hits its stride in the playoffs. Not only do Major League Baseball’s teams show their best. But so do the stadiums in which they play. These bastions of baseball develop a whole new life as fans flock to the seats to see their favorite teams face off. There’s a certain magic about baseball stadiums especially during the post season. Every stadium offers its own magic in a different way. If there is one stadium that has developed a reputation for its magic, it’s the one and only Fenway Park.
Fenway Park has seen countless magical moments in its now one hundred year history. This legendary park has seen the game’s greatest player ever, Babe Ruth hit home runs. It’s even seen football games by the then Boston Patriots (now the New England Patriots). It’s seen some of the biggest concerts of which anyone could ever dream. Fenway has seen all of that and more. And now in celebration of all of those memories, baseball fans of all ages get to re-live them in the new DVD, Fenway Park: 100 Years as the Heart of Red Sox Nation. This new DVD tells the storied history of what is one of Major League Baseball’s greatest ballparks. One doesn’t have to be a Red Sox fan to appreciate Fenway’s history. From rivalries with the Yankees to championship matches against the likes of the Mets and Cardinals, it’s all here. It especially focuses on the late great Ted Williams. Narrator Don Orsillo (who also does play-by play for the Red Sox) tells of Williams’ greatness. He tells of how Williams once hit a ball so far into the seats that it actually went through a man’s hat. Williams had hit the ball over five hundred feet to go through the man’s hat. There is even a seat specially marked at Fenway noting where the feat happened. And of course, there’s even a brief mention of the famed “Williamsburg.”
The memories of Ted Williams and Babe Ruth are just a tiny piece of the larger puzzle that is Fenway Park: 100 Years as the Heart of Red Sox Nation. Orsillo takes viewers on a journey through the team’s history hosting the World Series in its inaugural season, losing Babe Ruth to the Yankees, being rebuilt after a massive fire, and so much more. These are all wonderful pieces of baseball history. But perhaps even more interesting than all of those moments combined is the love for and dedication to the Red Sox that its legion of fans has had throughout its history. Through thick and thin, the Red Sox nation has never wavered. And it paid off, too. As the documentary shows, the team and the fans were both rewarded as the team finally broke the infamous “Curse of the Bambino” in 2004 after going nearly ninety years without a title. And then three years later, the Red Sox would bring home the team’s seventh world title. Both of these magical moments are recorded here, too, for the “Red Sox Nation” as are so many others. And fans can relive those moments any time they want as the DVD is available now. It can be ordered online at the MLB Productions shop site, http://shop.mlb.com/product/index.jsp?productId=13156464.
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