The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
DVD Version of 2003 ALCS To Be Released With Alternate Ending
Originally posted 3/8/2004

Manager Grady Little removes Pedro Martinez at just the right time in a scene from the 2003 ALCS DVD's alternate ending
NEW YORK - Major League Baseball has announced that it will release a special "director's cut" DVD edition of the 2003 American League Championship Series between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. In addition to behind-the-scenes footage, interviews with players and an audio commentary track with famous Red Sox fans Ben Affleck and Stephen King, the two-disc set will also feature an alternate ending in which the Red Sox prevail.

"We realized that there was a market for this sort of thing," said Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig. "We figure we'll move quite a few of these in the New England area."

The DVD, which will be in stores Tuesday, March 16, contains a version of Game 7 of the series in which Red Sox manager Grady Little pulls tired starting pitcher Pedro Martinez from the game with the Red Sox up by three with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning. Well-rested lefty reliever Alan Embree then proceeds to strike out Yankees Hideki Matsui and Jorge Posada and Scott Williamson works a 1-2-3 ninth, earning ALCS MVP honors by recording his fourth save of the series for the Red Sox.

"This thing was wicked pissah," said Red Sox fan Johnny Fitzpatrick of Worcester, Massachusetts, who saw a special advance screening of the DVD this week. "The Red Sox finally beat those Yankees. Just wait until I show my buddy Marco from Brooklyn. It's gonna tear his haaht [heart] out. Yankees suck! NO-Mah!"

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