NEW YORK, March 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The MLB Network, which is broadly distributed across 43 cable and satellite systems nationwide, will air the premier of "Down the Line," a documentary on Boston's Fenway Park that takes fans where they have never been before. Produced by brothers Colin and Nick Barnicle of Prospect Productions, the documentary celebrates Fenway's "team behind the team" – the bat boys, ball girls, clubhouse attendants and grounds crew members who make every Major League Baseball game possible.
The documentary will premier on Saturday, March 12, 2011, immediately following the exhibition game between the Florida Marlins and the Boston Red Sox, and it will be replayed throughout March and April. A trailer for the documentary can be found at www.prospectproduction.com.
With unparalleled access, the cameras offer a rare glimpse into the largely unknown role of the employees at Fenway, America's most revered ball park. Built in 1912, Fenway is a shrine to the great American pastime, but its mystique did not just happen. "Down the Line" reveals the tender care that its ground crew employs each day of the season. It highlights what happens behind the scenes during a rain delay, and it shows the interplay between the Red Sox players and those who work in the club house. Red Sox Manager Terry Francona discusses how important the people you do not see are to the game that the fan watches out on the field.
"This 'team behind the team' are the real baseball lifers of Fenway Park who work long hours for small pay and do it for the love of the team and of baseball," Colin Barnicle said.
Both Colin and Nick are abiding Red Sox fans; Colin worked for the Red Sox for three years and has a World Series ring to prove it. This is their first documentary for Prospect Productions, which they co-founded. The film's appeal, they believe, goes well beyond Red Sox Nation.
"Every Major League ball park requires legions of workers who toil largely behind the scenes so the games can run smoothly," Nick Barnicle said. "This is our homage to that community of workers."
Prior to co-founding Prospect Productions, Nick Barnicle, 26, worked for David Milch, HBO's In Treatment and Neistat Scott and Associates. He has studied at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and the Villa LeBalze in Florence, Italy. He received his B.A. from Georgetown University, where he played varsity baseball.
Prospect Productions' co-founder Colin Barnicle, 25, also is a graduate of Georgetown University. After working for the Red Sox, he interned at the Jimmy Fallon Show and later the Today Show. He is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.
Nick and Colin grew up outside of Boston, attended The Belmont Hill School together, and are both graduates of Georgetown University. They now live, work, and play in New York City.
SOURCE Prospect Productions