The Team. The Time. The 2006 Mets
(By Major League Baseball Productions and Shout Factory, $16.98)
The end is the beginning. Or at least that’s the viewpoint proffered by “The Team. The Time. The 2006 Mets” team DVD narrated by Tim Robbins.
After all, it occurs to the Mets rooter as he nears the conclusion of the feature that this story isn’t going to have a happy ending. So Major League Productions strays from a traditional denouement for this season documentary, instead focusing on the organization’s two young franchise players and its forthcoming new digs.
Jose Reyes, David Wright and Carlos Beltran adorn the cover of The 2006 Mets, and it is Reyes and Wright who are focused upon at feature’s end. Both participated in MLB’s all-star tour of Japan last November. So instead of dwelling on the finality of Game Seven of the National League Championship Series, “The 2006 Mets” features Wright and Reyes, half the world away, chipping in to the United States’ five-games-to-none tournament win.
For its final sequence, the DVD previews CitiField, the Mets’ new park set to open in 2009, and closes with the usual talk about unfinished business. As for bonus features, “The 2006 Mets” offers ninth-inning replays of all the teams’ walk-off wins as well as footage of the club winning the NL East and the NL Division Series.
While the regular season offered just a few notable highlights–the byproduct of the Mets’ 12-game advantage on the East–the viewer is treated to six replays of Endy Chavez’ zero-g, home run-robbing catch against the left-field wall to (briefly) preserve a tie in Game Seven of the LCS.
And to the delight of any Mets fan, Yadier Molina’s pennant-winning home run is never shown clearing the wall.