02/25/2009 4:56 PM ET
MLB Network to broadcast two original documentaries from MLB Productions
'Josh Hamilton: Resurrecting the Dream' and 'We Are Young: A Baseball Family' chronicle compelling comeback stories featuring MLB players Josh Hamilton and Dmitri and Delmon Young
Secaucus, N.J. - MLB Network today announced it will broadcast two original documentaries created by MLB Productions, both telling compelling comeback stories involving current MLB players. This Friday, February 27 at 9:00 p.m. ET, MLB Network will air Josh Hamilton: Resurrecting the Dream, a one-hour documentary on Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton - which takes an insider's look into Hamilton's journey back into baseball. On Monday, March 2 at 9:00 p.m. ET, MLB Network will debut the first-ever original film from MLB Productions, We Are Young: A Baseball Family, the story of MLB players and brothers Dmitri and Delmon Young, who overcame personal struggles to persevere in the Major Leagues.
Josh Hamilton: Resurrecting the Dream recounts Hamilton's journey both in his own words and for the first time, from the perspectives of his family members and close friends. The program marks the first documentary ever produced on Hamilton, and takes a comprehensive look into Hamilton's substance-induced breakdown, personal recovery and eventual climb to become one of the top hitters in the American League. Personal passages from his autobiography are read by Hamilton himself to further contextualize his journey.
We Are Young: A Baseball Family, the first-ever original film by MLB Productions, chronicles a seven-year period of MLB players and brothers Dmitri and Delmon Young, and their demanding father, Larry, who helped guide them into the Major Leagues. The film documents Dmitri, currently on the Washington Nationals, who makes the All-Star team in 2003, watches with joy as his brother is selected as the number one pick in the Draft that same year, but then begins to battle alcoholism and is released by the Detroit Tigers in 2005. Soon after, Dmitri comes close to death due to an undiagnosed case of diabetes, and then bounces back to make the All-Star team in 2007 and become the National League's 2007 Comeback Player of the Year. We Are Young: A Baseball Family also chronicles the controversy that has surrounded Delmon-the first overall pick in the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft-ever since his 50-game suspension for flipping a bat in at an umpire during a Minor League game. Delmon would learn a valuable lesson, and eventually is called up to the Major Leagues in the fall of 2005, where he would make an immediate impact with Tampa. After finishing second in the American League Rookie of the Year honors the next season, Delmon was traded to the Twins. Monday will mark the television debut for the 96-minute film, which was selected for inclusion in the first annual U.S. Sports Film Festival, held in Philadelphia last October.
"The documentaries are intimate looks of the roads these players took to make it in the Major Leagues," said Tony Petitti, President and CEO of MLB Network. "MLB Network continues to be pleased that we can be an outlet for the outstanding work done by MLB Productions."
"We are extremely grateful to the players involved and their families for giving MLB Productions unprecedented access into their lives," said David Gavant, Executive in charge of Production and Vice President, MLB Productions. "These documentaries present a behind-the-scenes look at these players, helping us to understand the challenging journeys they have taken."
Both programs were created by MLB Productions. For Josh Hamilton: Resurrecting the Dream, Meredith Eckert was the Lead Producer, Jeff Spaulding was the Coordinating Producer, and both David Gavant and David Check were Executive Producers. For We Are Young: A Baseball Family, David Check was the Director, Robert Haddad was the Co-Director and David Gavant was Executive Producer.
MLB Network launched in approximately 50 million cable and satellite homes on January 1, 2009 as the largest debut in cable television history, exceeding any other cable television launch by approximately 20 million. With live games, original programming, highlights, classic games, and coverage of baseball events, MLB Network is the ultimate television destination for baseball fans. For more information, go to mlbnetwork.com.