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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Baseball's Greatest Games: Yankee's Greatest
Baseball's Greatest Games: Yankee's Greatest
A&E Video // Unrated // September 9, 2014
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Review by Ryan Keefer | posted November 9, 2014 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

I understand that a lot of folks love Major League Baseball's New York Yankees and as a decidedly anti-Yankee fan I occasionally look forward to this virtual self-flagellation. And with New York Yankees Postseason Heroics, under a larger banner of Baseball's Greatest Games, I was mildly intrigued at the material selections inside. But gorram, I did not expect a bait and switch.

To put it more exact, this year Derek Jeter retired from baseball after playing with the Yankees for almost twenty years. Perhaps you heard about it. And in this set, this is basically four games (one to each disc) where Jeter was a star in each occasion. Really MLB Video and A&E? Just call this thing "Jeter's Postseason Achievements" and be a LITTLE more honest in your production. At least people can choose to skip this multi-disc set of an incredibly average shortstop surrounded by All-Star talent. It does not help much that the game selection is even more questionable.

The first game on this set is from Game 1 of the 1996 American League Championship Series. You know the one, where Jeter hit a ball to right field and Jeffrey Maier reached over the fence to grab a catchable ball just over the head of the Baltimore Orioles' Tony Tarasco, which helped propel the Yankees to winning the ALCS. Top level trolling by A&E, who deprives Maier a chance to be on the cover next to Jeter for this ‘achievement.'

Next is Game 4 of the 2000 World Series, where Jeter hit a leadoff home run against the subway rival New York Mets. Admittedly, the Series had the Mets just win Game 3 and Jeter's first pitch homer was almost shutting the door on any chance the Mets may have had, and led the Yankees to the Series win. Disc Three includes the 2001 American League Division Series Game 3, where Jeter took a throw that missed the cutoff man and flipped it to catcher Jorge Posada, who tagged Jeremy Giambi out and prevented a key run from the Oakland Athletics to score. The play helped fend off the A's possibly sweeping the Yankees out of the playoffs as they won the game 1-0 and won the next two games in the Best of Five series.

The final disc is Game Four of the 2001 World Series, where Jeter's home run just after midnight on the first of November game him the "Mr. November" nickname for life, presumably. The Yankees eventually lost the Series to the Arizona Diamondbacks in seven games, but…the game is available elsewhere in previous MLB/A&E releases. So…thanks for a recycled selection I guess? Either way, one of these discs is redundant and the other is not really Jeter's accomplishment, so yes, bait and switch I think. Besides, the Jeter home run was one of only four hits he had during the Series, so Mr. November for reasons I suppose.

That MLB/A&E have Derek Jeter on the cover of the New York Yankee Postseason Heroics set while not putting his name in the title leads me to think that they would have to shell out a little extra to Jeter for smearing him all over the set. While that's good on Jeter for protecting himself this way, it does lead one to wonder what the exact point of releasing this set was if they didn't want to pay Jeter the money. Cash grabbing DVD sets are the worst.

The DVDs:
The Video:

Full frame video, with source material having some inherent flaws and minor artifacts as MLB Video/A&E titles usually do. Generally the games look good with little artifacts or enhancement. Colors look natural and there is little post-production processing of the image that I could tell. These are straightforward reproductions of the original broadcasts, and note that the MLB watermark is present on each of the discs during the game action.

The Sound:

Stereo audio for all games, with the option to get the Yankees radio play-by-play on the 2000 and 2001 games. If one wants to do that to themselves they can, but the broadcast audio is as clear as can be expected, with little crackling or chirping noises, and all the action in the front of the theater. Action is replicated faithfully from when I recall watching these on television back in the day; can't really ask for much more.

Extras:

Hay nada aqui.

Final Thoughts:

I think if you are a fan of Derek Jeter or the New York Yankees, you can find most of the video you want from these sets either via through various DVD releases or online somewhere, and thus do not really need to shell out the extra cash for this set. If you really want to buy this set, with its watermarked video and material selection that fluctuates between redundant and questionable, then go right ahead but you were warned. Technically, the set looks and sounds fine but lacks any extras, so again, buyer beware.

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