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.
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