• Yankees Fall Classic Collector’s Edition DVD Set

    Posted by on September 23rd, 2005 · Comments (6)

    Thanks to friend of WasWatching.com JeremyM for giving me the heads-up on the upcoming release of “The New York Yankees Fall Classic Collector’s Edition 1996-2001” on DVD.

    I was excited to hear about this – since I’ve been ticked ever since baseball released the “The Boston Red Sox 2004 World Series Collector’s Edition” DVD set. Why was I upset? It’s simple – because the Sox DVD set included the “unedited original broadcasts of all seven ALCS games against the New York Yankees and all four World Series games against the St. Louis Cardinals.”

    Now, this is great for Red Sox fans – but, what about the Yankees fans in 1996, 1998, 1999, and 2000? During those years, all Yankees fans got from baseball was the “World Series film.” And, you can ditto that “How about?” in 2001 and 2003 as well. Why, all of a sudden, get generous with the release of full gamecasts in 2004? Just because it’s a team that hasn’t won in 86 years?

    In any event, after further review, I’m not as thrilled as I was at first about the news of the soon to be released Yankees DVD set – as it only includes the following original complete game broadcasts: 1996 WS Game 4, 1998 WS Game 3, 1999 WS Game 3, 2000 WS Game 5, and 2001 WS Game 4.

    To me, if you’re going to do it right, this should be the list of full gamecasts that must be included (and those in italics are the ones that are part of the actual set):

    1996 ALCS Game 1
    1996 World Series Game 4
    1996 World Series Game 6

    1998 ALCS Game 4
    1998 World Series Game 1
    1998 World Series Game 3

    1999 ALCS Game 1
    1999 ALCS Game 2
    1999 World Series Game 3

    2000 ALDS Game 5
    2000 ALCS Game 4
    2000 ALCS Game 6
    2000 World Series Game 1
    2000 World Series Game 2
    2000 World Series Game 5

    2001 ALDS Game 3
    2001 World Series Game 4
    2001 World Series Game 5

    OK, maybe I’m greedy with some of these LDS and LCS games. But, no 1996 World Series Game 6, 2000 World Series Game 1, or 2001 World Series Game 5? That’s a major no-no in my book.

    Also, the DVD set includes the “official MLB World Series films from 96, 98, 99, and 00.” What happened to 2001? I’ve seen that one – and, despite it being a loss for New York – there’s plenty in that film that Yankees fans would enjoy.

    I truly wish they had put more thought into the making of this DVD set.

    Comments on Yankees Fall Classic Collector’s Edition DVD Set

    1. Shaun P.
      September 23rd, 2005 | 4:06 pm

      Thanks for the review, Steve. I wish they had included unedited broadcasts of all the games of all the World Series, too – with the Yankees radio announcers over Buck/McCarver et al. – but c’est la vie.

      Maybe MLB doesn’t have the full rights to those postseasons, or didn’t want to pay Fox for them? Just speculating . . .

    2. rbj
      September 23rd, 2005 | 4:21 pm

      Yeah, you need the full post season games from all the years. I’m taking it off my wish list.

    3. James Varghese
      September 23rd, 2005 | 4:26 pm

      Same here…after I read through, I was still intrigued but I was hoping for something a little better…oh well, maybe soon on HD-DVD or Blueray. One can only hope.

    4. JeremyM
      September 23rd, 2005 | 8:56 pm

      While I would like some of those other games as well (esp. the 2000 WS game 1, I think I’ll take what they give us for now. I love those old series videos, especially the one from 96. They follow some great fans, including David Cone’s brother (a dead ringer for David) and dad. And some guy yells “Constan-tino” to cheer on Tino, which I always find funny–of course I’ve never been to the Stadium so maybe this is common. I don’t know if he calls Bernie “Bernabe” though. I think Clemens’ game in 2000 against Seattle is on the set though, unless it’s just a highlights package–it’s not really clear.

    5. September 23rd, 2005 | 10:36 pm

      If I had to guess, I’m thinking it’s just highlights – since they singled out the other games as being complete.

    6. Raf
      September 24th, 2005 | 12:02 am

      If you tape the games, you won’t have to pony up later on :D

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