CONTEST EXTENDED UNTIL AT LEAST MONDAY (12.05), possibly until mid-week. Get your entry in now for your chance to win--before it's too late!!
As an incredibly famous baseball blogger, throngs of major media outlets are constantly beating down my door for a few precious minutes of my time. When the folks at the A&E network asked if I'd review their DVD (a MLB Production) of the 2011 World Series, I decided to have Jessica (my head personal assistant) rearrange my schedule to accommodate their request. I rejected the first four productions, and they nearly scrapped the entire project, based solely on my disgust for the way Tony LaRussa was portrayed.
Ok, nothing in that paragraph is true.
Except that I was actually asked to review the official 2011 World Series DVD film, and write my review of it here. The good news for you is that I'm also running a contest to win a free copy of said DVD, which includes an exclusive bonus disc of game 5 of the NLDS (the historic Carpenter/Halladay game).
In typical 'MLB Productions' fashion, the film is very well done and captivated my attention from the very beginning. It opens with some of the most famous highlights and calls in World Series history.
"A long drive...if it stays fair..."
"Behind the bag! It gets through Buckner!!"
"Touch 'em all, Joe! You'll never hit a bigger home run in your life!"
"I don't believe what I just saw!"
The first fifteen minutes or so take us from Spring Training, and the Pujols contract/Wainwright injury drama through the ups & downs of the season, and into the postseason. From there, the DVD really dives into the playoff run, and takes a real focus on the World Series. There's such good insight provided by the mini interviews with players, managers...etc.
Whether you've got love or hatred (few fall in between) for Joe Buck, Tim McCarver, or other broadcasters (for me, it's TBS--I find it REALLY hard to listen to those guys call the games in the Division Series games), you'll be happy with the way this DVD turned out. A fantastic mix of the calls from the TV guys, local radio guys, national radio guys...they really did a great job bringing in the voices behind the microphones to life throughout the film--it really enhances some of the more exciting moments!
One particular thing that jumped out at me, that the DVD showed, was a little glimpse into just how smart of a baseball player Albert Pujols is. He talks about his expectations in an at-bat against Mike Gonzalez in Game 3. Albert talks about how he remembered the way Gonzalez pitched him during his days in the National League, and expected heat. Which he got. And promptly deposited that pitch into the seats. He also talks about knowing he was going to see a cutter later in a sequence in another at-bat. Very insightful stuff!!
Trust me, if you're a fan of the game of baseball, you will love this DVD, for the historical reasons and all the significance surrounding what unfolded from August 25th through the end of October. Unless you're a die hard Texas Rangers fan, and trust me, there's a part of me that (even as a Cardinals fan) agonizes with that fan base, you'll enjoy watching this over and over again. This DVD needs to be in your collection!
And it can be. You can click the banner and buy a copy (well worth every cent), you can click here, or you can enter the GMGAGN contest, and win a free copy!
So, you wanna win? Of course you do. Here's what you're gonna need to do:
Put on your hindsight goggles, and tell me what you'd be willing to do if you could go back in time, and attend game 6 of the 2011 World Series. Arguably the most exciting World Series game ever played, what would you be willing to do if you could've been there? Let's hear it.
Contest will run all week. I'll shut it down Sunday evening sometime (12.04.11). Honestly, I'm not going to put a hard & fast time as the deadline to have your submission in. If you've waited until Sunday evening to submit it, it's safe to assume you're cutting it close. Believe me, though, I'm not out to hose ya--I wish I had dozens of copies to give away--it's THAT good!
One entry per household, must be 18 or older and a resident of the United States, no takes-y backs-y, and I'm rubber, you're glue.
Ok, let's hear what ya got!