The Red Sox got the red carpet treatment Monday night in Boston.
The official 2013 World Series DVD by MLB Productions goes on sale Tuesday, less than a month after the Red Sox celebrated a championship after beating the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 at Fenway Park. On Monday night, the Red Sox hosted a red carpet premiere for the film at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre.
Among those who stopped by for the film debut were catcher David Ross, third baseman Will Middlebrooks, Red Sox principal owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner, team president Larry Lucchino, and GM Ben Cherington.
The film goes far beyond showing unique views of game footage. You'll get an inside look at the sights and sounds of the Red Sox ride to the championship -- what was going on behind the scenes, the player interaction in the dugout and clubhouse. Shane Victorino was wired for his Game 6 Series-clinching heroics. And you get to listen in on David Ortiz's pep talk during Game 4 in St. Louis that led to Jonny Gomes hitting a three-run homer to lead Boston to a 4-2 victory.
"We don't get here everyday," Ortiz is overheard saying during the Game 4 rally speech. "Let's relax and play the game the way we know how. We better than this right here. Let's loosen up. Let's play the game the way we do."
Ortiz was also interviewed about the impromptu meeting in the dugout in the film.
"As a veteran, I pretty much pulled everybody to the side and told them, 'Hey, look. Let's just go back to the basics and not try to overdo things," the World Series MVP said. "The guys got the message. It was the one kind of speech that, sometimes you need it."
Ortiz was also mic'd-up prior to Game 2 of the ALCS against the Tigers when he talks about swinging at bad pitches against Anibal Sanchez the night before and how Game 2 would be different. Next you see the prediction come true when Ortiz launches the eighth inning grand slam laser into the bullpen in right field, taking Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter over the fence along with the ball.
You'll also see commentary from Ross where he talks about Mike Napoli planting a kiss on his neck as promised when Victorino belted a grand slam in Game 6 of the ALCS.
Boston icon Ben Affleck does a workman-like job narrating the story that goes beyond what took place on the field. The 90-minute beautifully shot film begins on April 15, when two bombs exploded on Boylston Street during the Boston Marathon as the Red Sox were heading to Cleveland, and takes you through the Game 6 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway.
Players interviewed reflected on the Marathon bombing and the days afterward when the Red Sox spearheaded the Boston Strong spirit and went beyond being a team and became a family during that trying time in April.
There are plenty of laughs along the way as well.
"Do you think I'm mentally there after just knowing me for a few days?" Dustin Pedroia quips to Napoli during spring training in Fort Myers.
Before the film debut, Ross -- who said the beard is coming off in early December and he's not selling the shavings as a bear ball, Middlebrooks -- who has been all over Boston this offseason and expects to be back at third base next season, and the Red Sox brass spoke at the premiere.
"A couple of us that are going to be back and already have contracts negotiated, we're trying to sell some other people," Ross said. "We're trying to get [Napoli] and some of those guys back. [Ellsbury] is going to be expensive, but we're putting bugs in his ear. We're already talking about winning again next year, there's already been text messages in the group talking about doing it again, what a great group we have, can't wait to embark on that journey again next year."
Middlebrooks spoke about spending time in Boston this offseason and what winning the championship means to the city.
"I realized how important it was to these people, not only baseball but every other sport," he said. "Any sport, the passion here is unbelievable. People are so proud to be a part of Boston so I wanted to experience that. I wanted to stick around for the winter and see what everything was about."
The DVD package also includes bonus features, including President Barack Obama's congratulatory call to manager John Farrell and a music video called "This Beard Came Here to Party."