ESPN Produces Boston Red Sox ‘All-Access’ Special; Sunday Night Baseball To Call Red Sox-Pirates
ESPN will present a special “All-Access” event surrounding the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox on March 6 and 7. The content initiative will feature Red Sox coverage throughout both days across ESPN platforms, including two Major League Baseball spring training games from the team’s Fenway South base in Fort Myers, Fla.
The “All-Access” event will start Wednesday, Mar. 6 with the Sunday Night Baseball team of Matt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez, Jessica Mendoza, and reporter Buster Olney calling the Red Sox vs. Pittsburgh Pirates game at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN.
On Thursday, March 7, the members of World Series champions will be featured on ESPN Radio and various television programs, including SportsCenter and First Take, leading up to the Red Sox vs. Minnesota Twins telecast at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN.
In collaboration with Red Sox Productions, ESPN will provide a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the players and coaches to give viewers an inside look into the spring training experience. ESPN commentators Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, and Tim Kurkjian will call the Red Sox-Twins game from the booth. In-game access will feature interviews between the game announcers and multiple players, including 2018 MVP Mookie Betts. Olney will report from outside the dugouts while Mendoza will contribute to the telecast from multiple locations around the ballpark.
“Our goal is to give fans a fun, unique inside look at a day inside Red Sox training camp across our television, digital, and social platforms,” says ESPN coordinating producer Tom Archer. “Our all-access efforts would not be possible without the assistance of the Red Sox and their players and coaching staff. We appreciate their willingness to take part; the collective effort is a win for sports fans.”
ESPN Digital and social platforms will also offer “All-Access” content highlighting the Red Sox, including a Mookie Betts feature, on-site reports from Olney, video clips, and SportsCenter Instagram Stories.
The Red Sox are the first MLB franchise to be featured in an ESPN “All-Access” event following similar content initiatives with the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers (Dec. 2017) and Toronto Raptors (Dec. 2018).