As promised, here is my review of the 2011 World Series DVD set. One disc contains a summary of the Cardinals’ season and the playoffs, with an emphasis on the World Series. The second disc contains all of Game 5 of the National League Division Series which, as you may remember, was a classic pitching duel between Chris Carpenter and Roy “Doc” Halladay. My notes on each disc are below.
The first disc starts out with spring training. There is an overview of the Cardinals 2011 season. The injury problems were discussed. I enjoyed the interviews with the players, the coaches/manager, and others. The playoffs and World Series games were summarized. The flashback method used for Game 6 confused me, however. I cried when the Cards won Game 7 on the video, just like I did when it happened in real time. It also talked about LaRussa’s retirement. For those of you who notice gaffs, early in the DVD when Berkman is being interviewed, he has a beard, but when he’s being interviewed about Game 7, the beard is gone.
Now for some technical notes. St. Louis native and long time Cardinals fan Jon Hamm (Mad Men) narrated the story. He started out slow and flat, but gained confidence as the disc went along. Perhaps narrating is not Jon’s forte? The graphics are very nice and the backdrop behind the interviewees is also very nice. There were some interesting stats shown that I didn’t know before. The sound quality and the picture quality on this disc was excellent. The slo-mo was used effectively and there are some interesting camera angles. There are also some beautiful camera shots of downtown St. Louis.
Now on to disc 2. This disc contains Game 5 of the National League Division Series. You can select between watching the whole game or whichever inning you want to watch. The TBS broadcast of the game is what is on the disc, minus the commercials (too bad you can’t do that with a game in real time! LOL!). The sound quality was poor on the original broadcast, and this is also the case here. It’s a shame that the static in Dick Stockton’s microphone couldn’t have been removed for a clearer audio track. It wouldn’t have been too hard to do with today’s technology.
Now for the contest! A&E/MLB Productions has graciously given me 3 copies of the DVD set to give away. I have 3 trivia questions for you to answer. The first 3 people who send the correct answers to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with your name and mailing address, will win the DVD sets. The contest ends December 1, 2011 at 9 AM. Here are the questions:
1. Name the player who as a pinch hitter was the first to pinch hit RBI’s in back-to-back World Series games.
2. Who was the player that set the new postseason record for most RBI’s?
3. Who is the 9th manager to win 3 or more World Series?
I will post the winners’ names (and the answers to the questions) in a comment below after the contest is over. Thanks for reading!