Sox subject of two upcoming specials
Both programs will debut on ESPN on Opening Day
Edgar Renteria hits a high hopper up the middle. Keith Foulke jumps off the mound to field the ball. After Foulke's sure he's got it, he starts to toss it to first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz, then decides to run a little closer before making the final out.
It was the final out of the 2004 World Series, marking the first time the Boston Red Sox emerged from the Fall Classic victorious since 1918, and the moment will resonate with Sox fans for the rest of their lives.
But that simple 1-3 putout was only the beginning of a wild celebration that lasted an entire offseason.
The Series win and its impact on Red Sox Nation is the subject of two TV specials from Major League Baseball Productions and ESPN. Both programs will debut on Sunday, April 3, also known as Opening Day of the 2005 baseball season.
"The Off Season: Boston's Winter of Bliss" is a one-hour special chronicling the impact of the World Series triumph over the St. Louis Cardinals -- not to mention the stunning comeback victory over the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series -- through the reactions and comments of famous Sox fans, including horror and fantasy author Stephen King, actor Ben Affleck, comedian Denis Leary and U.S. senator John Kerry.
The show also offers fans a unique look at Sox ace Curt Schilling's rehabilitation as the six-time All-Star prepares for the season after ankle surgery. Fans will also get a chance to experience some of the sights and sounds of Spring Training.
The second show, "Cathedrals of the Game: Fenway Park," takes viewers behind the scenes at one of baseball's true shrines, the little stadium with the Green Monster and the home of the champs once again.
"Cathedrals" will be presented in stunning high definition by INHD, cable's most widely distributed suite of high-definition networks. The Fenway Park episode will kick off the second season of the "Cathedrals" series.
In addition to spotlighting some of the game's most celebrated ballparks, the series will profile the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York.
Each episode of "Cathedrals of the Game" includes footage from the vast Major League Baseball Productions archive, allowing viewers a chance to explore the history of the Major League clubs and their local communities.
Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.