10/05/2003 5:57 PM ET
Own an instant Red Sox classic
Digital downloads: Own the games on your hard drive or CD
By Mark Newman / MLB.com
That is how Red Sox manager Grady Little described David Ortiz's first hit of the American League Division Series, a two-run double Saturday off closer Keith Foulke in the bottom of the eighth to help Boston keep its impossible dream alive for at least one more day with an unforgettable 5-4 victory.
That also is an apt way to describe MLB.com's exclusive Digital Download Service. If you are that Red Sox fan who did not want to leave Fenway Park after Bill Mueller caught Erubiel Durazo's pop fly for the final out, or if you watched the game on TV or listened to it on the radio, then the timing of this new service is perfect because you now can own the complete Game 4 broadcast on your computer.
Old way: Play a classic over and over in your memory, or maybe tape it on a VCR and watch it later on the same TV. New way: Order this game or any postseason game now for just $3.95, and then download it to your hard drive 24 hours after Scott Williamson's final pitch. Burn it onto a CD for optional storage, watch it at the office, on an airplane, anywhere you can to reassure yourself that what you saw really happened.
In fact, you might want to start your own digital library by downloading both games from a spine-tingling weekend of postseason survival in Boston. A night earlier, Trot Nixon rescued the Red Sox from elimination with an 11th-inning walkoff home run. Then Ortiz sent the series back to Oakland by ending his 0-for-October skid in a spectacular way.
"There could not have been a better time for that to happen," Little said.
Buy the game now, and you can relive:
Johnny Damon's two-run homer in the third inning to make it 2-1;
Todd Walker's leadoff blast in the bottom of the sixth after Oakland had scored three in the top half -- the first half of another Walker-Ortiz heroic combination similar to the one you saw earlier this month;
Bill Mueller catching Scott Hatteberg's foul ball in the seventh inning and then tumbling into the stands, stranding a Oakland runner on second;
Nomar Garciaparra's one-out double in the eighth, Manny Ramirez's single on a 2-2 pitch to keep the inning alive; and Ortiz's shot to the wall with the count full;
Scott Williamson's second victory in two nights, this one featuring two perfect innings including that last pitch to Durazo.
It has been thrilling game after thrilling game at Fenway in 2003, and that included the latest weekend of baseball there. Now anyone in Red Sox nation with a high-speed connection can own either or both of those victories. File sizes range between 400-600MB, and a typical game runs about two hours with commercials removed between innings. The RealVideo file will take approximately 40 minutes to download from a broadband connection (DSL may take longer).
With the Digital Download Service, any Red Sox fan also can own another notable classic that once extended a postseason series one more day. MLB.com's exclusive Baseball's Bestlibrary now is making many of its classic broadcasts available for you to download, and that includes one of the biggest postseason moments in history: Game 6 of the 1975 World Series, featuring Bernie Carbo's pinch-homer and then Carlton Fisk's shot over the Green Monster that won it in the 12th inning.
The Digital Download Service is one of the many exclusive video products and services available at MLB.com through this postseason. Visit MLB.com's Video Central for a menu of choices, and get access to even more exclusive products with subscription packages such as Total Ticket, Fantasy Ticket and MLB.com Broadband.
Mark Newman is a writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.