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Four Days in October
ESPN 30 for 30 Four Days in October poster.jpg
Country of originUnited States
ProducersGary Waksman, David Gavant and David Check
Production companiesESPN
MLB Productions
Original release
  • October 5, 2010 (2010-10-05)

Four Days in October is a baseball documentary produced by ESPN and MLB Productions. It is episode 24 in the first season of ESPN's 30 for 30 series.[1][2]

The film chronicles the last four games of the 2004 American League Championship Series (ALCS) between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. The series became famous when the Red Sox—who lost the first three games of the series to the Yankees—became the first team in Major League Baseball history[note 1] to win a best-of-seven playoff series after falling behind 0–3.

The documentary begins with highlights of the Yankees–Red Sox rivalry over the years and then shows some highlights from Game 3, which was won by the Yankees 19–8 at Fenway Park in Boston. The show's narrative begins with Game 4. The Yankees stood just three outs away from sweeping the Red Sox at Fenway Park and advancing to their 40th World Series appearance. The series turned when the Red Sox rallied to tie the game in the 9th inning, and later won it on a home run by David Ortiz to keep the series alive. The ninth inning rally proved to be the turning point of the series, as the Red Sox proceeded to win the next three games, clinching the series at Yankee Stadium.[note 2]

A week later, the Red Sox won all four games against the National League (NL) champion St. Louis Cardinals to win their first World Series championship in 86 years, ending the 2004 postseason on an eight-game winning streak.

While most of the commentary from the players in the documentary was done in the usual interview style that is customary of documentaries, Lenny Clarke and Bill Simmons were put in a pub setting, providing a conversation as fans, discussing their own experiences and feelings during the series.



  1. ^ They were the third team in North American modern major professional sports to accomplish the feat, the other two instances being in the NHL—the 1942 Maple Leafs and the 1975 New York Islanders. Since then two other NHL teams—the 2010 Flyers and the 2014 Kings—have also overcome a 3-game deficit in a best-of-7 series.
  2. ^ The ballpark used in 2004 was demolished in 2010 after the Yankees moved to a new Yankee Stadium in 2009.


  1. ^ "FOUR DAYS IN OCTOBER". October 5, 2010.
  2. ^ "ESPN Films and MLB Productions Present Four Days in October, For ESPN's 30 For 30 Documentary Series". September 27, 2010.