The special will include archival footage from Jeter’s early seasons, as well as interviews with family, friends and colleagues. MLB and HBO received substantial access to Jeter, according to the announcement:
It helps that Jeter is one of the biggest brands in baseball and that he plays for the Yankees. Other milestones for other players probably won’t be getting the same treatment. Nonetheless, HBO–which has seen much success with its “all-access” programs–certainly sees value in following the Yankee captain.
The official announcement is after the jump.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PRODUCTIONS AND HBOÂ® TEAMING UP WITH 12-TIME All-STAR DEREK JETER TO PRODUCE ALL-ACCESS SHOW ON JETER’S QUEST TO REACH 3,000 HITS
Production Currently Under Way on “DEREK JETER 3K,” Set to Air Just Weeks After 3,000th Hit
New York – - HBO and Major League Baseball Productions are teaming up for a new documentary chronicling New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter’s quest for his 3,000th career hit. The one-hour special, titled “DEREK JETER 3K,” will take viewers behind the scenes as Jeter attempts to reach the milestone.
With the cooperation of Derek 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. “DEREK JETER 3K” also will 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 Jeter’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.
In addition to a prime-time premiere and a full schedule of replays, the special also will be available to subscribers on HBO ON DEMANDÂ® and HBO GO.
“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. “Hopefully fans will enjoy getting to see a sneak peek at the journey.”
“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. “We’re extremely grateful to Derek and the Yankees for granting us this level of access, and we’re excited to once again work with HBO.”
“Derek Jeter is known for his grace and excellence both on and off the ball field,” said Ross Greenburg, President, HBO Sports. “This special will provide sports fans with a fascinating view of what Derek Jeter experiences during this memorable moment in baseball history.”
“The 3,000 hit plateau is one of the most recognizable feats in our great game,” said New York Yankees President Randy Levine. “To have the days surrounding Derek’s remarkable achievement chronicled by Major League Baseball Productions and HBO ensures that this historic milestone will be captured with the type of style and professionalism he has become so synonymous with.”