ESPN Films and MLB Productions Present Four Days in October, For ESPN’s 30 For 30 Documentary Series
Story of Red Sox 2004 ALCS Comeback vs. Rival Yankees Told in “Real-Time”
Features Never-Before-Seen Footage from Personal Cameras of Players, Including First-Ever Look at Curt Schilling’s Ankle before Game Six
With the 2010 MLB Postseason about to begin, ESPN Films and Major League Baseball Productions (MLBP) will look back at what many call the greatest comeback in the history of professional sports, the 2004 ALCS that saw the Boston Red Sox become the first team in history to erase a 3-0 deficit against their arch-rivals, the New York Yankees. Four Days In October, a one-hour film and part of ESPN’s acclaimed 30 for 30 series, includes never-before-seen footage and takes an in-depth and exclusive look in “real-time” at the 96 hours that ended the “Curse of the Bambino,” brought salvation to Red Sox Nation and changed baseball history in the process. Four Days In October premieres Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Along with using extensive archive coverage from that week including game footage, news reports, press conferences and other interviews, Major League Baseball Productions acquired exclusive never-before-seen footage from multiple Red Sox players. The footage, taken with their own personal camcorders, captures private anecdotes and moments not available to the media, including the clubhouse and locker rooms and even the team plane as it heads to New York after Game Five. Among the most revealing moments, Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling pulls back the bandage on his injured ankle prior to the now-famous “bloody sock game” in Game Six to reveal the after-effects of the surgery he endured in order to pitch.
Four Days In October begins as the clock turns to midnight from October 16 into October 17, and the Yankees are putting the finishing touches on a 19-8 victory in Game Three of the ALCS that leaves most everyone assuming the Red Sox have no chance to win the series. Later that night, in Game 4, the Yankees took a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning, and then turned the game over to Mariano Rivera to secure yet another trip to the World Series. But after a Kevin Millar walk and a hard-fought stolen base by Dave Roberts, the Red Sox historic comeback had begun. For the next four consecutive days and nights the baseball world was riveted by this compelling sports spectacle.
Four Days In October features interviews with key participants including Manager Terry Francona, David Ortiz, Schilling and Millar. The film also features ESPN’s Bill Simmons and comedian Lenny Clarke, noted Red Sox fans, reliving their experiences and representing the “voice” of Red Sox Nation.
About ESPN Films
Part of the ESPN Content Development group, ESPN Films presents quality scripted and documentary film projects for television and theatrical release, including “30 for 30,” a celebration of the last three decades of sports timed with ESPN’s 30th anniversary and the recently announced motion picture project “Lombardi” to be produced in conjunction with the NFL, Andell Entertainment and Tribeca Productions. For more on ESPN Films: https://espnpressroom.com/us/media-kits/espn-films/
About MLB Productions
Major League Baseball Productions is the Emmy® award-winning television and video production division of Major League Baseball and the official video archivists of the game. With unparalleled access to the Clubs and their players, Major League Baseball Productions produces original programming for growing audiences worldwide through its network specials, exclusive home videos, commercials and other specialty programming. For more information on Major League Baseball Productions, log on to www.MLBProductions.com.