The Captain
The Captain miniseries.jpg
Promotional poster
Genre
Directed byRandy Wilkins
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes7
Production
Executive producers
CinematographyValentina Caniglia
Camera setupSingle-camera
Production companyESPN Films
Release
Original network
Original releaseJuly 18 (2022-07-18) –
August 11, 2022 (2022-08-11)

The Captain is a 2022 American sports documentary miniseries produced by ESPN Films. Directed by Randy Wilkins, the series focuses on the life and career of Derek Jeter, who served as captain of the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball.[1] Debuting on ESPN and ESPN+ on July 18, the series has seven episodes, and ran until August 11.[2] Spike Lee and Michael Tollin are executive producers on the series.[3][4]

Development and release

Derek Jeter, who founded The Players' Tribune in 2014 as a means of allowing athletes to tell their stories, decided that he wanted to make a miniseries that would document his life and career with the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). He got the idea when he decided to document receiving the phone call that informed him that he had been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2020.[5] Jeter wanted Spike Lee to direct the series. Lee became an executive producer on the series, but was too busy to direct. He contacted Randy Wilkins, a protégé, in June 2020 to ask him to direct the series.[3] Wilkins interviewed Jeter for over 30 hours and interviewed more than 90 people in total.[6] The Players' Tribune and Casey Close produced the series.[7] Michael Tollin, Mandalay Sports Media, Excel Media, and Connor Schell also served as executive producers, making the series in association with MLB.[8]

ESPN Films announced the series in May 2021.[9] The series premiered at the Tribeca Festival in June 2022.[10] The first two episodes of the series had a premiere night at Yankee Stadium on July 7. It premiered on ESPN and ESPN+ on July 18 following the Home Run Derby.[5]

Synopsis

The majority of the series focuses on Jeter's tenure with the Yankees. The series documents Jeter's youth in the first episode, including a focus on his biracial identity and the racism he and his sister experienced as they grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in the 1980s and 1990s.[2][3] The series includes never-before-seen footage of Jeter's personal life, including his reaction to being selected by the Yankees in the 1992 MLB draft.[11] It also covers Jeter's rift in his friendship with teammate Alex Rodriguez.[12][13] The final episode serves as an epilogue, discussing Jeter's life after his retirement as a player, including his purchase of the Miami Marlins and decision to step down as chief executive officer.[2][3]

The miniseries includes interviews with Jeter, his father Charles, mother Dorothy, sister Sharlee, and wife, Hannah Jeter.[3] Also interviewed are Michael Jordan, Fat Joe, Desus Nice, The Kid Mero, Jadakiss, Eli Manning, and former Yankees players Rodriguez, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, Tino Martinez, Paul O'Neill, CC Sabathia, Darryl Strawberry, Bernie Williams, Roger Clemens, and Andy Pettitte, as well as former manager Joe Torre, general manager Brian Cashman, and former coach Willie Randolph.[2][3]

Episodes

Derek Jeter in 2017
Derek Jeter in 2017
Episodes of The Captain
No.TitleDirected byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
1"No Blueprint for Success"Randy WilkinsJuly 18, 2022 (2022-07-18)N/A
Jeter's upbringing as a bi-racial kid in the Midwest and his journey to the major leagues. This episode features never before seen footage of Jeter getting drafted by the Yankees.
2"Loyalty One Way"Randy WilkinsJuly 21, 2022 (2022-07-21)N/A
Jeter has an instant impact on the Yankees as he captures a title in his first season as a pro. This catapults him to superstardom but fame comes with a price. Jeter reveals the privileges and perils of fame. But through it all, Jeter becomes a leader on a team that is considered by many to be the greatest in the history of the game, the 1998 Yankees.
3"I Don't Have to Be Your Best Friend"Randy WilkinsJuly 28, 2022 (2022-07-28)N/A
The importance of loyalty and trust to Jeter as the Yankees cap off a three peat beating the New York Mets, and his friendship with Alex Rodriguez is changed.
4"Bigger Than Baseball"Randy WilkinsJuly 28, 2022 (2022-07-28)N/A
The Yankees Dynasty ends and we explore 9/11's impact on New York. The Yankees and Boston Red Sox's ancient blood feud is decided in an epic Game 7. Team dynamics change with the addition of new players and personalities.
5"Hiding in Plain Sight"Randy WilkinsAugust 4, 2022 (2022-08-04)N/A
The Yankees and Jeter suffer the most historic loss in baseball history. Jeter's identity is under attack as he faces challenges in the press, on the field and in his clubhouse.
6"Never Gave Up a Day in My Life"Randy WilkinsAugust 4, 2022 (2022-08-04)N/A
Jeter wins his 5th and final World Series and celebrates his 3000th hit, but it's not all smooth sailing for this aging superstar. As his career begins to come to an end, he goes through a very public and difficult contract negotiation that changes his relationship with the Yankees. For the first time ever, Jeter's wife Hannah gives us the backstory of their relationship and a behind the scenes look at Jeter's recovery from a career altering injury.
7"A Star in the Fabric"Randy WilkinsAugust 11, 2022 (2022-08-11)N/A
Jeter and Hannah share intimate details of their difficult journey on the way to parenthood. Jeter achieves another dream by becoming the owner of the Miami Marlins, but his journey is fraught with criticism and unfinished business.

Episode descriptions are provided by ESPN.[14]

References

  1. ^ Sblendorio, Peter (July 16, 2022). "Jeter doc 'The Captain' shows 'vulnerable' side of Yankees great". New York Daily News. Retrieved July 19, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d Bumbaca, Chris (July 18, 2022). "Derek Jeter like you've never seen him: 'The Captain' uncovers the man behind Yankees' legend". USA Today. Retrieved July 18, 2022.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Dade Hayes (July 4, 2022). "ESPN's 'The Captain': Director Randy Wilkins On Getting Spike Lee's Blessing To Tell The Story Of New York Yankees Great Derek Jeter – Deadline". Deadline.com. Retrieved July 19, 2022.
  4. ^ Latifah Muhammad (September 3, 2019). "Derek Jeter Documentary: How to Watch 'The Captain' Online for Free – Billboard". Billboard.com. Retrieved July 19, 2022.
  5. ^ a b Charles, Michael (July 7, 2022). "Jeter joins fans, legends at Yankee Stadium premiere of 'The Captain'". MLB.com. Retrieved July 18, 2022.
  6. ^ Tony Maglio (June 13, 2022). "Getting Derek Jeter to Talk A-Rod Was Tough for The Captain Director". IndieWire. Retrieved July 19, 2022.
  7. ^ Gregory, Sean (July 18, 2022). "A Long Talk With Derek Jeter on Alex Rodriguez, Colin Kaepernick, and His 20 Years as a Yankee". Time. Retrieved July 19, 2022.
  8. ^ Nakamura, Reid (May 18, 2021). "Derek Jeter Docuseries 'The Captain' Set at ESPN From Spike Lee, 'The Last Dance' Producers". TheWrap. Retrieved July 19, 2022.
  9. ^ Lopez, Isabelle (May 18, 2021). "ESPN Films Announces Multi-Part Documentary Series "The Captain" featuring Derek Jeter" (Press release). ESPN Films. Retrieved July 18, 2022.
  10. ^ Charles, Michael (June 12, 2022). "Jeter documentary 'The Captain' premieres at Tribeca Film Festival". MLB.com. Retrieved July 18, 2022.
  11. ^ Scott, David (July 15, 2022). "Derek Jeter documentary: How to watch ESPN's 'The Captain'". New York Post. Retrieved July 19, 2022.
  12. ^ Bumbaca, Chris (July 15, 2022). "Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez rift explored in ESPN 'The Captain' doc". USA Today. Retrieved July 19, 2022.
  13. ^ Belth, Alex (July 18, 2022). "'The Captain' Review - Derek Jeter ESPN Documentary is Dutiful Look at A-Rod Controversy, Baseball Celebrity". Esquire. Retrieved July 19, 2022.
  14. ^ Lopez, Isabelle (June 10, 2022). "ESPN Films' Latest Documentary Series The Captain featuring Derek Jeter to Premiere July 18 on ESPN & ESPN+" (Press release). ESPN Films. Retrieved July 19, 2022.