On Thursday, ESPN Films announced the entire fall schedule for its 30 for 30 series, which will air Tuesday nights, and stretch from a baseball-playing Michael Jordan documentary on Aug. 24, to Dec. 11, with the airing of The Best That Never Was, the story of one-time mega-recruit Marcus Dupree. But the highlight of the upcoming 13 shows (for Red Sox fans, at least) is likely Four Days In October.
A production from MLB, the documentary, which airs Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 8 P.M., is a "real-time" look at Boston's unprecedented comeback in the 2004 ALCS.
When the night of October 6, 2004 came to a merciful end, the Curse of the Bambino was alive and well. The vaunted Yankee lineup, led by A-Rod, Jeter, and Sheffield, had just extended their ALCS lead to three games to none, pounding out 19 runs against their hated rivals. The next night, in Game 4, the Yankees took a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning, then turned the game over to Mariano Rivera, the best relief pitcher in postseason history, to secure yet another trip to the World Series. But after a walk and a hard-fought stolen base, the cold October winds of change began to blow. Over four consecutive days and nights, this unlikely group of Red Sox miraculously won four straight games to overcome the inevitability of their destiny. Using extensive archive coverage from that week, Major League Baseball Productions will produce a film in "real-time" that takes an in-depth look at the 96 hours that brought salvation to Red Sox Nation and made baseball history in the process.
Get the DVRs ready.