As New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter embarks on the quest for his 3,000th career hit, HBO and Major League Baseball Productions are teaming up for a new documentary chronicling the effort. The one-hour special, “Derek Jeter 3K,” will take viewers behind the scenes as Jeter attempts to reach the milestone.
With the cooperation of Jeter and the Yankees, MLB Productions will have extensive access to Jeter both at and away from the ballpark. He has agreed to allow MLB Productions camera crews to follow him on multiple occasions and in a variety of settings, including in his home and during rehabilitation from a calf injury. The documentary will also feature exclusive interview footage with the Yankee captain in the ensuing days after he achieves the milestone.
Produced by MLB Productions in collaboration with HBO Sports, Derek Jeter 3K will include reflections on the player’s entire career, including footage in the MLB Productions archives from his early days with the Yankees through his five World Series Championships. The special will include new interviews with his family and friends as well as Yankees executives, Legends and teammates such as Hal Steinbrenner, Brian Cashman, Joe Girardi, Joe Torre, Curtis Granderson, Mariano Rivera, Dave Winfield, Minka Kelly, Billy Crystal, and many more. The special will debut on HBO a few weeks after the milestone is reached.
“The buzz we’ve all seen during the buildup to this milestone is a clear indication of how Derek transcends the game on the field, and this is an ideal occasion for us to document what he’s going through on a day-to-day basis,” said Chris Tully, Major League Baseball Senior Vice President, Broadcasting.
”It has been a lot of fun working with HBO Sports and MLB Productions to capture this milestone in a special and unique way,” said Jeter.
“Derek Jeter is known for his grace and excellence both on and off the ball field. This special will provide sports fans with a fascinating view of what Derek Jeter experiences during this memorable moment in baseball history,” said Ross Greenburg, President, HBO Sports.
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