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Four Days in October 

The Boston Red Sox overcome "The Curse" and defeat the New York Yankees in the 2004 American League Championship Series. In the process, they also become the first team ever to win a series after trailing three games to none.

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When the night of October 16, 2004 came to a merciful end, the Curse of the Bambino was alive and well. The vaunted Yankee lineup, led by A-Rod, Jeter, and Sheffield, had just extended their ALCS lead to three games to none, pounding out 19 runs against their hated rivals. The next night, in Game 4, the Yankees took a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning, then turned the game over to Mariano Rivera, the best relief pitcher in post-season history, to secure yet another trip to the World Series. But after a walk and a hard-fought stolen base, the cold October winds of change began to blow. Over four consecutive days and nights, this unlikely group of Red Sox miraculously won four straight games to overcome the inevitability of their destiny. Using extensive archive coverage from that week, Major League Baseball Productions will produce a film in "real-time" that takes an in-depth look at the 96 hours that brought salvation to Red Sox Nation and made baseball history in the ... Written by Anonymous

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Boston stragglers turned heroes
2 September 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I've only recently developed an interest in baseball, not surprising I suppose, given the almost zero coverage it's gotten here in my native Scotland and sought out this thrilling short documentary after watching Ken Burns' exhaustive 11 part history of the sport on Netflix.

So while being in no way an expert on the sport, I was at least aware of the huge rivalry between the two competing teams the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox as well as the heretofore history of domination of the former over the latter ever since, so the legend went, Boston sold all-time great Babe Ruth to their rivals and never won a World Series again for nigh on a hundred years when this dramatic series (actually for the right to play in the World Series Finals of that year).

What made it so dramatic was the circumstances of their win, a come-from-behind 4-3 triumph after falling three games behind. More than that, the story packs in the key moments of the drama as Boston improbably came back from the dead, with none more memorable than the game that their injured pitcher played through an excruciating (and obviously bleeding) ankle injury to help his team win.

Related in strictly day-by-day chronological fashion, the film-makers only sparingly use retrospective narration by key players in the drama, preferring to match these up with contemporary news and sport coverage of the day.

Focusing entirely on the events of the four days, the documentary does a good job in encapsulating the lows and highs of the Boston team, staff and fans as their team finally defeat "the Curse of the Bambino".

I enjoyed it very much and felt akin to the Bostonian cause having once visited Fenway Park for a Red Sox match fifteen years or so go.

My crush on baseball goes on, long may it flourish and documentaries like this to be made


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