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Thursday, July 09, 2020

There’s a multi-part 30 for 30 on the 1986 Mets coming to ESPN, with Jimmy Kimmel and Cousin Sal involved as executive producers

Here’s more from ESPN’s release:

ESPN Films today announced the group is in production on an upcoming project centered on the 1986 Mets, one of baseball’s most dominant and iconoclastic teams, whose legendary World Series comeback was merely the climax of an epic tale of ambition and swagger set in a city that was synonymous with excess.

Executive produced by Jimmy Kimmel, Sal “Cousin Sal” Iacono, Kimmelot’s Scott Lonker, ITV’s Jordana Hochman and MLB’s Nick Trotta, and directed by Nick Davis (“Ted Williams: ‘The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived’”), the multi-part documentary will feature hours of never-before-seen footage of the ‘86 Mets team, a team of larger-than-life characters whose exploits on and off the field symbolized a unique moment in time for New York City and baseball history. 

That Ted Williams documentary Davis did was for PBS in 2018, so he has some pretty recent sports documentary experience. He also directed 2009’s Blood Sweat and Gears: Racing Clean to the Tour de France, and he’s done a fair amount of work as a producer as well.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 09, 2020 at 01:48 PM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. depletion Posted: July 10, 2020 at 11:55 AM (#5962094)
I've been a Mets fan for 54 years or so. I think I've had enough, if not too much, of rehashings of the 1986 season. Why not the 85' Royals or '82 Cardinals, just to break a little new ground?
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 10, 2020 at 12:08 PM (#5962099)
MLB Network has a doc on the 80s Cardinals and its actually pretty good. I've enjoyed a bunch of their docs on the 90s Mariners, the Expos, Dave Parker. I appreciate they haven't re-hashed the same ol' marquee team storylines.
   3. Adam Starblind Posted: July 10, 2020 at 12:20 PM (#5962108)

I've been a Mets fan for 54 years or so. I think I've had enough, if not too much, of rehashings of the 1986 season.


This. All it does at this point is make me sad (a) that the team fizzled gradually after that; and (b) never reached those heights again. I'm still anguished they let Strawberry walk as a free agent.
   4. Lassus Posted: July 10, 2020 at 01:22 PM (#5962118)
#1 and #3 are fair; and also, I have a distinct whiff of this being a doc inspired by Pearlstein's book, which annoyed me a lot before I even knew anything about Pearlstein. Maybe I'm wrong.
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 10, 2020 at 01:29 PM (#5962120)
I think I've had enough, if not too much, of rehashings of the 1986 season.


I just remembered they already did a 30 for 30 about Doc and Darryl that was frankly, a bit unsatisfying.
   6. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: July 10, 2020 at 02:25 PM (#5962138)
Why not the '85 Royals or '82 Cardinals, just to break a little new ground?


Or the '84 Tigers...but, then they'd have to admit that Detroit exists.
   7. Tin Angel Posted: July 10, 2020 at 02:34 PM (#5962144)
I'll watch, though unfortunately this will undoubtedly put Lenny Dykstra in the news again.
   8. Howie Menckel Posted: July 10, 2020 at 05:10 PM (#5962175)
I just remembered they already did a 30 for 30 about Doc and Darryl that was frankly, a bit unsatisfying.

true that.

the premise seemed to be that here are these two young Black guys on the same title team, so they must have been close, right? and then both go into a downward spiral for decades - with one finally pulling out of it and the other seemingly doomed.

just one problem: they weren't close BITD, and they aren't close now. so the Doc(umentary) was left grasping at Straw(s).
   9. depletion Posted: July 11, 2020 at 01:04 AM (#5962241)
I hated watching Strawberry hit home runs in a Dodgers uniform, but he didn't have many good years after leaving the Mets. Back injury: which is often a career killer.
   10. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 11, 2020 at 01:17 AM (#5962245)
so the Doc(umentary) was left grasping at Straw(s).
How long had you been waiting to use that one?
   11. MuttsIdolCochrane Posted: July 11, 2020 at 05:47 AM (#5962266)
Why not the '85 Royals or '82 Cardinals, just to break a little new ground?


Because their story is far far less entertaining. Yes it is ground that has been gone over before, but that's because it's so damn interesting. The book The Bad Guys Won was superb and if this doc is anything as astounding as the book, and gives a complete story it will be successful. The cast of players was an insane group (mentally, emotionally, and skill-wise) and that, along with the Red Sox incredible collapse still makes 1986 worth a historical high point and definitely warrants deeper and further re-examination.
   12. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: July 11, 2020 at 06:20 AM (#5962269)
Howie: so the Doc(umentary) was left grasping at Straw(s).

...

Billy: How long had you been waiting to use that one?


Not so long for Gooden. But the one for Strawberry feels forever.
   13. depletion Posted: July 11, 2020 at 10:54 AM (#5962285)
The Knight-Davis 2-pitcher game, and NLCS game 6 were pretty cool. I doubt they’re going to cover the first one very much.
   14. Howie Menckel Posted: July 11, 2020 at 11:05 AM (#5962286)
so the Doc(umentary) was left grasping at Straw(s).

How long had you been waiting to use that one?


started to type it normally, then shifted to the first one. the latter was just... serendipity
   15. PreservedFish Posted: July 11, 2020 at 11:15 AM (#5962288)
Pun distended.

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