NESN rewinds the clock to produce What If specialNESN, New Englands most watched sports network will produce an original special that will, once and for all, answer the question that haunts Red Sox fans everywhere. What If rewinds the clock to October 16, 2003, Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS and asks, What if Red Sox manager Grady Little had removed Pedro Martinez in the 8th inning? The original program will make use of creative editing, and statistical analysis, using footage taken from Game 7 and prior Red Sox-Yankees games at Yankee Stadium to answer, What if? That, and a look at what happened next will be revealed to all of Red Sox Nation in prime time at 6 p.m. on July 20th on NESN.
Being a sports fan is largely about the opportunity to armchair manage and to offer the second guess. What If will allow Red Sox Nation to replay this game with the fantasy that the outcome will be different, said Joel Feld, NESNs Vice President of Programming, who added that the network will have no say in the result.
The special will treat fans to a full replay of one of the most memorable games in Red Sox history. Using the statistical methodology of Diamond-Mind, Inc, a leading provider of baseball simulation technology, What If will recreate the conclusion from the moment Grady Little came to the mound with one out and the Red Sox leading 5-3. With a 20 year track record, the award winning Diamond Mind Baseball has consistently been rated the most realistic and statistically accurate product in the industry. For NESN, Diamond-Mind ran the simulation 100 times choosing the most statistically likely result.
The result of the statistical analysis and the final score of the game will be known to only three people prior to broadcast. NESNs award winning play-by-play team of Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy will provide live commentary and will learn the new outcome of the game along with fans and viewers.