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Review: 2011 World Series Film

My wife thought baseball season was over. But I’m sure she appreciates me waiting until she was off at work before I sat down to watch the 2011 World Series film.

There were many of us in the United Cardinals Bloggers who got their chance to review the World Series film, and many of us are getting the opportunity to give some away. I have been offered up to 3 copies to give away in a contest that I’m currently still working on generating. Trying to be original but something that will be fun for Cardinals fans.

I’m a big fan of documentary-style sports films. Any of the NFL Films season in review stuff and the ESPN 30-for-30 films will quickly grab me and suck me in when I see them on TV because they tell a story inside of a sports world. I’m a huge sports fan and I love getting into it and seeing how things developed as a season went on.

The 2011 World Series film didn’t disappoint. Excellent music that set the tone. Excellent camera work that really had some great shots. Excellent voice-over work by Jon Hamm, who I’ll admit I didn’t really see as a quality voice over guy until watching this.

It began by covering the Pujols contract issue, Wainwright’s injury, the early season bullpen and defensive issues before evolving into the comeback story to make the playoffs and then carrying through to become World Series Champions. Personally, I felt like they could have focused more on some turning points during the season, but it was a World Series film, not a season-in-review film.

The interviews with the players who were discussing game situations and what went on behind the scenes that we didn’t pick up on or consider in the moment were great. That’s a really great thing about sports documentaries like this. You get to see inside the brain of the athlete has he reflects on the moment and discusses what went into it.

While yes, I am a Cardinals fan, I have to say my favorite moment was Derek Holland talking about what Ron Washington said to him when he came out to the mound in the 9th inning of Game 4. Turns out, he does a pretty good Ron Washington impersonation.

Overall an excellent choice for fans of documentary-style sports films and specifically Cardinals fans. I know my dad immediately put it on his Christmas list as soon as Allen Craig caught that final out of Game 7.

I received the DVD edition that comes as a 2-disc set (MLB shop link). The first disc has the World Series film and several bonus features with some This Week In Baseball segments, a segment on Tony LaRussa, some post-game interviews, and the St. Louis parade. The second disc features the 1-0 pitchers duel between Chris Carpenter and Roy Halladay from Game 5 of the National League Divisional Series.

On December 6th they will be releasing a 1-disc Blu-ray edition (link) with the features that come on the DVD edition.

Thanks again to A+E Home Entertainment, Major League Baseball Productions, and Foundry Communications for letting us bloggers get the opportunity to review it and hold some giveaways. It was never really something I even considered when I decided to get into blogging, but I certainly enjoyed getting the opportunity to do it. And thanks to the St. Louis Cardinals for winning the World Series so there would be a film to review.

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Notebook: November 28, 2011

The second edition of the offseason notebook comes to you with three stories. I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving break. I know mine was quite swamped trying to accomplish things, seeing family, and a couple of my good friends getting married.

Cardinals offer arbitration to Pujols and Jackson

The Cardinals announced on Wednesday that they had offered arbitration to Albert Pujols and Edwin Jackson while declining to offer the same to Rafael Furcal and Arthur Rhodes.

Both Pujols and Jackson are expected to decline arbitration. Pujols is expected to sign an extension with the Cardinals in the coming weeks. Jackson is likely looking for the opportunity to be in someone’s rotation next season after being the second-best Cardinals pitcher down the stretch. The interesting wrinkle is that the Cardinals continue to be linked to rumors of guys like Mark Buehrle and Roy Oswalt who are starting pitchers, despite the fact that the Cardinals have five starting pitchers already signed for next season and the two most likely to be dealt have no-trade clauses.

Declining to offer arbitration to Furcal and Rhodes is interesting, but expected. The Cardinals have been interested in Furcal, but GM John Mozeliak has said that he’s okay letting Tyler Greene get an extended look going into next season. Furcal is also said to be looking for a 2-3 year contract, which he’s unlikely to get from the Cardinals. The longer this goes on, the more I expect that Furcal is not in the Cardinals’ plans or are a part of their Plan B if they do not bring back Albert Pujols.

The fifth Cardinals player eligible for arbitration, Octavio Dotel, won’t be offered arbitration either. However, because Dotel was one of the players changed from a Type A to Type B free agent as a result of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Cardinals will get guaranteed compensation for him if he signs with another team that isn’t dependent on the arbitration offer.

Spring Training Schedule announced

The Cardinals announced their Spring Training schedule on Wednesday now. They will once again be in Jupiter, Florida, sharing the Roger Dean Stadium complex with the Miami Marlins, with whom the Cardinals will debut the Marlins’ new stadium with on April 4th.

The important date is February 18th, 2012, when the Pitchers & Catchers are scheduled to report. Then on February 23rd position players are due to report. Their 30 game schedule will begin on March 5th against the Miami Marlins.

Cardinals increase ticket prices for 2012

Following a winning year, teams increase ticket prices. Following a losing year, teams increase beer prices. Or so the saying goes.

The Cardinals revealed that they have slightly increased ticket prices an average of 3 percent per ticket. At $31.17 per ticket, the Cardinals had the 8th highest average ticket price in the major leagues, according to ticketnews.com.

The Cardinals had an attendance of nearly 3.1 million people this season. With an average price of $31.17 per ticket and an average of a 3% increase, that means an extra 94 cents per ticket. If they match their 2011 attendance figures that works out to be roughly an extra $2.9 million in revenue for the Cardinals. Many fans have expressed a willingness to pay more for a ticket if it meant bringing back Albert Pujols.