Shout Pitches Red Sox And Yankee DVDs19 Apr, 2008 By: John Latchem
The latest Major League Baseball titles from Shout! Factory include Red Sox Memories: The Greatest Moments in Boston Red Sox History and Yankee Stadium: Baseball's Cathedral.
Red Sox Memories streets May 6 at $19.99 and promises a comprehensive retrospective of the 107-year history of the Boston baseball franchise. Extras include Carl Yastrzemski's Hall of Fame speech, Pedro Martinez's 1999 All-Star Game performance, tributes to Ted Williams and a Dick Radatz feature.
“There's a lot of Red Sox product out there, but this is a thirsty fan base,” said Elizabeth Scott, VP of programming and business affairs for Major League Baseball.
In addition, Scott said the Red Sox will telecast the program in segments over the course of the season.
Yankee Stadium: Baseball's Cathedral is slated for July 1 as a two-DVD set at $26.99.“This is the story of one of the most iconic structures in sports,” Scott said.
The DVD takes a look back at the House that Ruth Built from its opening day in 1923, to opening day 2008, the stadium's final season in operation. The Yankees move into a new ballpark for 2009.
“At some level it would be nice to have an entire history of Yankee Stadium,” Scott said. “But that would mean waiting until the end of the year. For the Yankees their whole season is about the final year at the stadium. That's a monster platform to promote a DVD. Why would we wait until next year to do it?”
Scott said the July street date is perfectly timed to this year's All-Star Game, to be played July 15 at Yankee Stadium, with waves of re-promotions through the end of the season.“This is an incredibly emotional year for the Yankees and their fans,” Scott said. “Everyone within 100 miles of Yankee Stadium will want to own this.”
The DVD set includes a Yankee Stadium commemorative ticket with a medallion add-on.
“This is the ultimate be-all-end-all of stadium DVDs,” Scott said. “There was so much we couldn't fit into it. Thank goodness for bonus features, and in this case, Shout! Factory asking for a second disc.”
Extras include a tour of Yankee Stadium from “Cathedrals of the Game,” Lou Gehrig's farewell speech, the George Brett pine tar incident, Aaron Boone's home run in the seventh game of the 2003 American League Champion Series, and more memorable highlights.