2006 World Series - Tigers vs. Cardinals (The Official Highlights MLB DVD Release)
 : 2006 World Series - Tigers vs. Cardinals (The Official Highlights MLB DVD Release)

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Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: DVD
EAN: 0826663102178
Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
Is Memorabilia: 1
Item Dimensions: 5377520575
Label: Shout Factory
Languages: EnglishOriginal Language
Manufacturer: Shout Factory
Model: 4961482
Number Of Discs: 1
Number Of Items: 1
Publication Date: November 21, 2006
Publisher: Shout Factory
Region Code: 1
Release Date: November 21, 2006
Running Time: 112 minutes
Studio: Shout Factory

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Editorial Review:

Product Description:
From Major League Baseball Productions -- the official highlights DVD of the 2006 World Series!

Narrated by Billy Bob Thornton.

It is, quite simply, the beauty of baseball.

The 2006 post-season began with a bevy of favorites. The Detroit Tigers® tore through the American League® with their 100 MPH pitchers. The New York Mets® laid to waste the National League East®. The Oakland A's® had a starting rotation that frightened most everyone. And the New York Yankees® featured one of the greatest lineups of all time. The St. Louis Cardinals® were also in the playoffs -- but just barely. In the final weeks, the Cardinals lost eight of nine, watched their seven game lead disappear and just missed being eliminated. No team that finished a full season with 83 wins had ever won a World Series®. According to experts, the Cardinals had no chance.

And that's the beauty of baseball.

St. Louis beat San Diego in the NLDS® and shocked the mighty Mets in the NLCS®. In the World Series, they faced the heavily-favored Detroit Tigers team that had a week's worth of rest. But the St. Louis starters and rookie closer Adam Wainright held the Tigers to just eleven runs through five games. Yadier Molina, Scott Rolen and Jim Edmonds came up huge at the plate. And the consummate gamer - 5'7" shortstop David Eckstein hit .364 and became the first National League shortstop to be named World Series MVP.

When the smoke cleared, the Cardinals emerged from the pack of behemoths with the team's 10th World Series victory - the second most of all time. Tony LaRussa became just the second manager in MLB history to win a World Series title in both leagues. It was all inexplicable, delightfully improbable and deliciously poetic. It's the beauty of baseball, and it's why they play the game.
The 2006 World Series: Tigers vs. Cardinals DVD is really the story of the underdog team from St. Louis. Not that the Detroit Tigers are ignored. But the Cardinals took the championship within five games despite a lousy regular season--a mere 83 wins--proving that baseball is not a game of statistics but of whatever dramas are happening on the field in the here-and-now. 2006 World Series, narrated by Cardinals fan Billy Bob Thornton, takes viewers through the team's many post-season dramas, beginning with the National League championship series in which the Cards faced the seemingly superior New York Mets. What matters, the team's players and manager Tony La Russa declare in interviews, is not the numbers but relentless, hard work--keeping the fire alive until something breaks in one's favor. Indeed, as one can see from this disc's thoughtful analysis and great storytelling, things began to click for the Cardinals right when they needed it. Besides taki! ng a close look at the lead-up to the World Series, this documentary dissects each game in the championship competition. (We also see a generous amount of film footage from the last couple of times--most recently in 1968--the Cards faced the Detroit Tigers in the World Series.) There's a lot to love here: action on the field, the history of La Russa's close friendship with Tigers' manager Jim Leyland, player insights, Thornton's compelling narration. Plus some great bonus material, including footage of the suspenseful, final out of the last game between St. Louis and Milwaukee in the 1982 World Series. 60 min. --Tom Keogh

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