With the Los Angeles Dodgers marching toward what they hope will mark an end to their 30-year World Series drought, Spectrum SportsNet LA announced a three-part series, “Dodgermentary: 1988,” that will reflect on their improbable run to becoming champions.
Set to premiere Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 11 p.m. PT, the hour-long episodes will be narrated by actor Jaston Bateman. A lifelong Dodgers fan, Bateman served as the emcee for Andre Ethier’s retirement ceremony at Dodger Stadium.
Each episode of the series will feature previously unseen footage and in-depth, exclusive interviews with former Dodgers players, coaches, team management and broadcasters, including Vin Scully, Tommy Lasorda, Fred Claire and Mickey Hatcher.
The first episode of “Dodgermentary: 1988” takes fans through remarkable moments from the regular season. Wednesday’s premiere includes a Kirk Gibson reflecting on his reaction to a prank being pulled in Spring Training.
Several Dodgers laughed at Gibson’s cap being lathered in eye black, but the fiery outfielder grew irate over the joke and walked out on camp. Ever the competitor, Gibson is credited for helping set the tone that the 1988 team played with.
The second episode of “Dodgermentary: 1988” is due to air Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 8:30 p.m. PT, and it will highlight the Dodgers’ seven game National League Championship Series against the heavily favored New York Mets.
Then on Tuesday, Sept. 25, the 1988 World Series will take center stage. The final episode airs at 10:30 p.m. PT.
“Dodgermentary: 1988” is the latest installment of SportsNet LA’s Dodgermentary series. Previous programming includes “The Lasorda Chronicles,” a three-part series retrospective on Tommy Lasorda; and “Welcome to Dodgertown,” a profile on the Dodgers’ former Spring Training facilities, which won a regional Emmy Award for Sports Special in 2015.