NBC Sports Chicago Produces Béisbol y Vida Digital Series on the White Sox Trip to the Dominican Republic
NBC Sports Chicago will debut Béisbol y Vida, a five-part NBC Sports Chicago Digital Series chronicling the recent eye-opening and life-altering visit made by numerous top Chicago White Sox U.S. born prospects to the Dominican Republic. This exclusive network digital series began on Monday, Jan. 28 with a new episode to be made available each day this week through Friday, Feb. 1 at NBCSportsChicago.com and via the new MyTeams by NBC Sports app (NOTE: Fans located anywhere in the U.S. can download MyTeams for free on iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store).
Produced, shot, and edited by NBC Sports Chicago’s Senior Producer of Original Content Ryan McGuffey & Content Producer Matt Buckman, Béisbol y Vida takes fans on a team-bonding journey to the passionate baseball country as the future White Sox stars took part in the organization’s inaugural “Culture Exchange Week” (held the week of Jan. 14). In the D.R., the prospects get a first-hand look at the Dominican culture, along with receiving a better understanding of what players from that country, and Latin-American nations in general, face when they leave their homeland and their families to play baseball in the U.S.
White Sox prospects showcased in Béisbol y Vida include Dylan Cease (P), Zack Collins (C), Zack Burdi (P), Dane Dunning (P), Steele Walker (CF), Laz Rivera (SS), Blake Rutherford (CF), Gavin Sheets (1B), Bernardo Flores (P), Tyler Johnson (P), Jimmy Lambert (P), Nick Madrigal (SS), Seby Zavala (C), White Sox Director of Player Development Chris Getz, plus – a special interview with D.R. native/highly-anticipated big league call-up Eloy Jimenez.
Among the highlights of the trip include a daily visit for baseball activities at the White Sox training facility in Boca Chica, DR, along with a special visits to a local orphanage, a kids baseball clinic, and a visit to a Dominican Winter League game. Here is the following digital rollout schedule of Béisbol y Vida (Jan. 28 – Feb. 1):
Monday, Jan. 28
“Culture Exchange Trip” – An overview of the primary purpose behind the trip.
Tuesday, Jan. 29
“Comradery” – The White Sox prospects are a unique group with deep bonds on and off the field.
Wednesday, Jan. 30
“The Orphanage” – Players visit and spread love/hope to the children at the Hogar Escuela Andres Boca Chica orphanage.
Thursday, Jan. 31
“Drone Fun” – White Sox catching prospect Zack Collins flies a drone capturing images of the D.R. landscape, while having some fun with his fellow teammates.
Friday, Feb. 1
“Baseball Appreciation” – The game is still the same, regardless of where it’s played…Sox players take in the unique atmosphere of a D.R. Winter League game.