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MLB Network: Bringing us ‘The One Constant’, constantly

The new MLB Network is revolutionary for the world of baseball. “America’s Past Time Goes Full Time”, as the network’s slogan puts it. The MLB Network is bringing baseball to fans around the country 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year! It aired at 6 p.m. on New Year’s Day, a great way to start off, with a ‘Hot Stove Report’, and then Don Larsen’s perfect game of the 1956 World Series. ‘The Hot Stove Report’ is a daily show that airs every night at 7 p.m., which brings us up to date on the latest trade rumors around the league, interviews with people like Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, power agent Scot Boras, and has guest analysts like first baseman Kevin Millar. They also have demonstrations on their small replica of a ballpark with hitting tips from Kevin Millar, pitching tips from the National League CY Young Award winner Tim Lincecum, and the science of base stealing from Hall of Fame inductee, Rickey Henderson.

MLB Network also brings fans a special called ‘Prime 9’, which breaks down the top nine players of all the positions and categories. So far, they’ve had a special on center fielders with great players like Tris Speaker, Ty Cobb, Joe Dimaggio, Ken Griffey Jr., Mickey Mantle, and of course, Willie Mays. They also aired a top nine home runs of all time with Aaron Boone’s game-winning home run of the 2003 ALCS, which led the Yankees to a World Series loss against the Florida Marlins; Carlton Fisk’s memorable home run in the twelfth inning of Game 6 of the 1975 World Series, Kirk Gibson’s inspiring walk-off home run in the 1988 World Series; and coming in first: Bobby Thomson’s “Shot Heard Around the World”.

Every Tuesday night, MLB Network airs Ken Burns’ award winning documentary on the history of baseball. It’s nine separate episodes, or “innings” as Ken Burns calls them, covering nine decades of rich, baseball history. In February, the MLB Network will be doing a special called “30 Teams in 30 Days” in which they will travel to each team’s training facility and bring us interviews, and analyze the team for the 2009 season.

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For the Red Sox fans out there that have yet to check out the MLB Network, the Red Sox specials are still playing every now and then. There’s the 1946 World Series special, the 2004 World Series special, and “Red Sox Memories”. “Red Sox Memories” takes us through the entire Red Sox history, from the beautiful highlights of Ted Williams hitting a home run in his last career at-bat and Boston’s 1967 Impossible Dream Team, to the tragic, painful memories of Bucky Dent and Bill Buckner. These specials all feature commentary by players like Fred Lynn, Carlton Fisk, Johnny Pesky, and even Jonathan Papelbon!


By Elizabeth Dreeson
ProBaseball-fans.com Boston Red Sox Correspondant

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