(Today's main post is below this one, if you've not had a chance to read it today.)
If you've read this blog for a while, you may remember that back in September I had a giveaway of a DVD of the Ozzie Smith "Go Crazy" game. I got to know the A&E representative through our back and forth and as soon as the Cards won the World Series, I made sure to get back in touch in case there were more giveaways to be had.
That's where this post comes in.
A number of blogs around the Cardinal blogosphere are giving away a copy of the World Series film, which had its world premiere in St. Louis last night. This blog is no exception, but before we get how you can win, let's talk about the set itself. I've posted the press release, so you know in general what you are getting. However, I was able to sit down last night and actually watch the film and a few of the bonus features.
MLB has done a great job on this film. Jon Hamm's voiceover is wonderfully appropriate to the moment, the music highlights what you are seeing, and the action on the field is memorable and exciting. It's fun to see the interviews (though a little disconcerting to see the players staring right at you while they are talking), hearing what they were thinking during some of these crucial times. (That said, I think David Freese says the same thing almost every time, about just being able to get some hits and getting a good pitch to hit. I think he is more natural when he was talking about the ball that bounced off his head in Game 6!)
There's a great recap of the season, starting with Adam Wainwright's injury, covering the trades and then, of course, the amazing stretch run capped off by Chris Carpenter's outing in Houston.
After that, most every postseason game (and definitely every World Series game) gets its own time in the spotlight. It was very interesting to see opponents doing interviews as well, such as Ian Kinsler and Ron Washington. That was really gracious of them to help enhance the whole experience.
The ending of the film, with the parade and then the focus on Tony La Russa's retirement, gives you chills and might even bring a tear to your eye.
I watched the Tony La Russa and Lance Berkman special features, taken from Prime 9 off of the MLB Network and This Week in Baseball respectively. While there wasn't a lot of new information, it still was neat to watch and see what the MLB shows had to say.
The second disc of this set is the classic NLDS Game 5 with Chris Carpenter going up against Roy Halladay. I've not had time to watch that, but I bet it is just as nerve-wracking when you know the outcome. (Honestly, I was watching the DVD last night and still wondering how the Cards rallied in Game 6. I kept saying to myself, "This just doesn't happen!")
If you can't wait, or if you want to make sure that someone else on your Christmas list has one of these under their tree, you can find it right over here. It really is an incredible set and at a price that won't kill you when you are looking for something for a rabid Cardinal fan.
However, if you want to take your shot at getting a free one, I have five sets to give away. Here's what you have to do.
E-mail me what you are going to remember most from 2011. It might be Game 6, it might be a night when you and a friend were at the game. It can be personal, it can be big. Whichever it may be, email me (cardinal70 AT gmail DOT com) with the title "Film DVD Giveaway" and my crack staff (which will likely include my wife, my seven-year-old son and my 4 1/2-year-old daughter) will pick the ones we like the best. Which means details matter, the more the better!
Send me your emails between now and December 1. Please include your mailing address to save me a step if you win. Good luck! (And if you don't win this one, don't worry--a different giveaway will be coming in December!)
The BBA has, as a secondary aim, the goal of producing year-end
awards in a similar fashion to the Baseball Writers of America. These
awards can be found at the official site in October with links back to the voters,
ensuring transparency and, most likely, the onset of some good baseball