The 2021 Major League Baseball season will start on time. Unlike last year’s shortened season, this year will feature spring training in whole – starting Sunday, Feb. 28 – and the league’s entire 162-game schedule will kick off Apr. 1, with all 30 clubs hitting diamonds across the country. While audiences still have more than a week left to wait for the start of the 2021 season, MLB Productions and Shout! Factory have just the thing for audiences to pass the time. The companies partnered to release the 2020 World Series Collector’s Edition last week. The eight-disc set’s release continues a long-running partnership between the companies and is just as enjoyable as the two sides’ previous full World Series box sets. That is proven in part through the set’s very presentation. This will be discussed shortly. The bonus content that accompanies the set adds to the set’s appeal. It will be discussed a little later. The set’s companion booklet rounds out its most important items and will also be discussed later. Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the collection. All things considered, they make the 2020 World Series Collector’s Edition yet another great presentation for any baseball fan, especially if those fans Los Angeles Dodgers loyalists.
The 2020 World Series Collector’s Edition continues a long trend of successful home releases from MLB Productions and Shout! Factory that goes back many years. It has much to offer audiences regardless of team loyalty, beginning with its very presentation. Audiences get here, the whole of the six-game 2020 World Series from its first pitch to its last right from the original broadcasts on FOX. As with the existing World Series sets from MLB Productions and Shout! Factory, the commercials are gone, shortening the presentation to a point. Adding to appeal, audiences have multiple listening options. Fans can listen separately to the FOX broadcast team’s audio throughout the series, as well as from the Dodgers’ own radio affiliate and in Spanish for those audiences, too. There are some audiences out there who, regardless of team affiliation, have open said over the years that they prefer their teams’ radio broadcasts the TV broadcast coverage. So once again, that will certainly add to the enjoyment since each broadcast is its own presentation. Going back to the very presentation of the game, maybe there were those who might have been unable to watch the World Series for one reason or another. Now those viewers and everyone else can enjoy the game at their own pace, even being able to pause the game when they need to maybe go use the restroom or get a snack. No doubt, this will appeal greatly to a wide range of audiences. It will certainly allow viewers to enjoy the annual Fall Classic at their own pace as they count the days to the start of the 2021 season. It is just one part of what makes the set so enjoyable. The bonus content that comes with the full world series set will appeal even more.
The bonus content in question comes in the form of the Dodgers’ key wins in Game 3 of the National League Divisional Series and Game 7 of the National League Championship Series. The Dodgers routed the San Diego Padres in Game 3 of the NLDS to move on to the NLCS to face the Atlanta Braves. The Dodgers would then defeat the Braves in seven, with that deciding game being close at 4-3 the final. Audiences are reminded that the Padres and Dodgers had an intense rivalry taking place last season. That included some moments of heightened emotions during the regular season and the NLDS. Audiences will see some of those contentious emotions in the Game 3 broadcast, too. Staying on that topic, that rivalry looks to resume this season, as both teams have been very active in bolstering their rosters during the offseason. To that end, audiences will likely see more tension between the two sides this year. On the other side, with the NLCS, the battle between the Braves and Dodgers was obviously hard-fought, going right down to the last inning of the series’ last game. Audiences will thrill at every at bat and every pitch and catch in this fateful game. Honestly, real fans (again regardless of team loyalty) will watch those two games before the world series, to really get the full effect and appreciation for the Dodgers’ road to the championship. When they are considered along with the set’s full World Series presentation, the overall experience that audiences get is fully immersive, engaging, and entertaining. While the primary and secondary content featured in the 2020 World Series Collector’s Edition goes a long way toward making the set so enjoyable, it collectively is just a portion of what audiences will appreciate about the presentation. The companion booklet that comes with the collection puts the final touch to the collection’s presentation.
This year is hardly the first that a World Series set from Shout! Factory and MLB Productions has ever included a companion booklet. Building on that, the booklet featured with this set is just as important to the collection as those featured with the companies’ existing World Series collections. Audiences get lots of trivia and information that relates to each game within the series that maybe the broadcast teams missed. For instance, audiences learn thanks to the booklet’s information, Clayton Kershaw passed Justin Verlander for the most strikeouts ever in the post season during Game 5 of the World Series. There is even a little bit of background information on the NLDS and NLCS games here. Viewers learn through the companion booklet, that Los Angeles’ Game 7 win over Atlanta in the NLCS made the team the fourth MLB team to come back from 2-0 and 3-1 separations to win a best of seven series. That speaks to the team’s never-say-die attitude last season. It was that attitude (and of course a bad call by Tampa Bay’s manager in Game 6 to change pitchers) that ultimately led the Dodgers to last season’s title. Yet another interesting fact revealed in the companion booklet is that in Game 1 of the World Series, is that in that game, Mookie Betts became the first player since Babe Ruth to be walked and to steal two bases in the same inning of a World Series game. That shows talent and respect/fear that the opposing team had for him. That is a big statement. When this tidbit is considered along with the other items noted here and so much more information, no doubt is left that the companion booklet that comes with the 2020 World Series Collector’s Edition is just as important to the engagement and entertainment of the set as the rest of the set’s content. All things considered, the set becomes another must have for any MLB fan.
Shout! Factory and MLB Productions’ presentation of the 2020 World Series Collector’s Edition is a presentation that baseball fans and Los Angeles Dodgers fans alike will welcome into their homes. Whether watched ahead of the start of the 2021 MLB season, during or even after, this collection does everything right. Its presentation presents audiences with the full 2020 World Series to watch at their own pace and with three separate listening options. The pivotal NLDS Game 3 and NLCS Game 7 as bonus content adds even more enjoyment to the presentation. The games help to show how hard this Dodgers club fought to get to the pennant in 2020. The companion booklet that comes with the set once again adds its own layer of enjoyment to the whole. Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the set. All things considered, they make this presentation yet another impressive offering from MLB Productions and Shout! Factory that any baseball fan will appreciate. It is available now.
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