Yankees fans, beware...
Fans in and around “Red Sox Nation” will be particularly interested in the EPIX Original Documentary, David Ortiz In the Moment, debuting Thursday at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Billed as a close-up look at the life and accomplishments of one of sport’s most colorful, thoughtful and productive stars, the special, produced by Relativity Sports in conjunction with Major League Baseball Productions, traces Ortiz’s path from The Dominican Republic to stardom and lets us into “Big Papi’s” world.
“David Ortiz is a larger-than-life baseball star,” said Mark Greenberg, EPIX CEO and President. “From his leadership role helping guide the Red Sox to win three World Series titles to his civic work in the U.S. and the Dominican Republic to the compassionate, funny and empathetic way he embraced and comforted Bostonians and all of America following last year’s Boston Marathon bombing, he is a true inspiration.”
“Very few people get to see my life outside of baseball, I am looking forward to sharing my story with all my fans. I am proud to work with EPIX, Relativity Sports and MLB on this project,” said Ortiz.
CEO of Relativity Sports Happy Walters added: “David is a great individual and a highly valued client of Relativity Sports. We are excited to be able to produce original content profiling his unique story. We plan to continue to create entertaining programming featuring our clients.”
The documentary follows the nine-time MLB All-Star, three-time World Series champion and Red Sox legend during the past two seasons, including Boston’s championship run last fall and the drama on and off the field that the nation witnessed throughout a very emotional run to the title for both the city and the club. Featuring interviews with top-notch athletes, the EPIX In the Moment series provides viewers an inside look at what it takes to become and remain a world champion athlete. Ortiz is the latest sports figure profiled in the series, which has featured Lindsey Vonn and Amar’e Stoudemire and will continue with Dwight Howard In the Moment slated to premiere this fall.
David Ortiz In the Moment is produced by Relativity Sports in conjunction with Major League Baseball Productions. Happy Walters, Fernando Cuza, Diego Bentz, Matthew Weaver, Ross Greenburg, David Gavant and David Check are the executive producers, and Ross Bernard is the executive-in-charge of production for EPIX. Alfonso Pozzo is the director.