11/09/2007 7:04 PM ET
World Series DVD coming Nov. 27
Fans can preorder for the holidays; narration by Matt Damon
By Doug Miller / MLB.com
Red Sox Nation can celebrate all over again with Jonathan Papelbon with the official DVD. (Getty )
After waiting 86 years for their first World Series championship since 1918, Boston Red Sox fans might not have comprehended that their team actually won it all three years ago until the official DVD commemorating the event arrived at their doorsteps.
Well, the 2007 Red Sox have made Beantown a city of believers, especially after they steamrolled through their last seven games -- including the Series sweep of the Colorado Rockies -- en route to Boston's second title in the past four seasons. And starting now, members of Red Sox Nation can preorder the latest highlight-packed DVD right here at MLB.com to play during the holiday season for celebration after celebration.
Narrated by actor, noted Boston native and Red Sox fan Matt Damon, the official "2007 World Series Film," produced by Major League Baseball Productions and Shout Factory and available for $19.99, provides a detailed look at the seventh Boston Red Sox World Series championship by capturing the complete story of the 2007 Fall Classic. It will be released nationwide Nov. 27.
"This is the crown jewel of all our DVD releases throughout the year," said Elizabeth Scott, MLB Productions' vice president of programming and business affairs. "This is the one we put the greatest amount of our energy into. We make every effort to get the best voice-over talent we can get, and in this case, we came through with Matt Damon.
"He had such a great time doing his voicing session. He was so disappointed he wasn't available to do this in '04 [when the DVD was narrated by comedian and actor Denis Leary], that he was delighted to be asked to do it this year. And he did a phenomenal job."
Some of the highlights revisited behind Damon's voice are rookie Dustin Pedroia becoming the second player in history to lead off a World Series Game 1 with a home run in the first at-bat, Series Most Valuable Player Mike Lowell's blast that put a dagger in the heart of the Rockies, the tremendous pitching of Josh Beckett -- as well as Jonathan Papelbon's game-saving pickoff at first base and his goofy post-victory dance celebrations to the strains of the Boston band Dropkick Murphys' "I'm Shipping Up To Boston."
The official "2007 World Series Film" DVD also highlights the lighter side of the Series, with candid moments such as Daisuke Matsuzaka being pranked by teammates in the dugout minutes before the Red Sox became champions.
The DVD also will include footage from the thrilling seven-game American League Championship Series against the Cleveland Indians, in which Kevin Youkilis, David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez hit the first back-to-back-to-back home runs in LCS history and the Red Sox rallied from a 3-1 deficit to take the last three games.
The DVD also boasts hours of bonus features, including exclusive interviews and intimate moments with players and coaches, allowing fans to look inside the clubhouse during the postseason run of their favorite club and players.
Shout Factory president Garson Foos said Red Sox Nation members will love this DVD for a lot of the same reasons that the 2004 version flew off the shelves.
"So many of the core players of the team in 2004 are still on the team, and they're big personality players like Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz and Curt Schilling," Foos said. "They're characters, and superstars beyond just Boston. That really adds to peoples' interest.
"And Boston fans are insane, in the best way. They're so passionate and such sports fanatics that it's a big part of why this is going to be so successful. Not to mention the fact that Boston is the best sports city in the country right now with the Sox and the Patriots doing so well. Even the Celtics are going to be very good this year."
Doug Miller is Senior Writer for MLB.com/Entertainment. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.