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A review of the 2020 World Series documentary, narrated by Vin Scully

Video proof that the Dodgers won the World Series

Source: MLB Productions

The World Series documentary is now out, and I had a chance to watch the celebration of the Dodgers’ first championship in 32 years.

In addition to being for sale on Blu Ray, DVD, and digitally, the documentary has also played a few times on FS1. The big draw is Vin Scully narrating, and he’s interspersed with game calls and interviews with players and managers from before and after games.

The documentary is 85 minutes, the first six of which are a brief MLB-sanitized summary of the COVID-19-shortened season before getting to the Fall Classic, the meat of the film. This is the World Series documentary after all, so this shouldn’t be surprising, though it’s been a while since I’ve watched a Dodgers championship video, and I was unaccustomed to the format*.

*The sports videos I watched most as a kid were the Lakers championship videos from both the 1986-87 season (“The Drive for Five”) and 1987-88 (“Back to Back”), which summarized the entire season over the course of the videos.

Despite the World Series focus, we still get to see some prior important moments for the Dodgers, but more weaved into the story of the series against the Rays. These include Cody Bellinger’s pennant-winning home run (and subsequent shoulder dislocation), the Mookie Betts trade and his great catches in Games 6 and 7 of the NLCS.

Scully’s narration is quite soothing, but the strength of the documentary is the story from the players themselves. We not only see some of the pre- and post-game interviews with reporters, but also separate interviews with several Dodgers and Rays conducted specifically for this documentary. Betts recounting his trip around the bases in Game 1 of the World Series — two stolen bases against Tyler Glasnow, almost getting picked off second base, and dashing home to score on an infield ground ball — is especially entertaining.

A few examples:

The ending summation by Scully is intertwined with some of his own clips from years past, lending to a surreal effect to hear “In a year that has been so improbable...” while watching Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger.

“I know I’ve been so very fortunate to see the celebration of every one of their championships,’ Scully said. “Every legend of every generation, enjoying their greatest moment on the grandest stage.”

This documentary is heavy on game action from the World Series. Any of the usual behind-the-scenes stuff we might see in a championship video — from the dugout, or clubhouse — just isn’t as prevalent this year, which is understandable given the limited media access during the pandemic-shortened season.

But for an hour and a half, this doc hits most of the high notes, and is something Dodgers fans will enjoy replaying over and over.