The program features interviews with fans detailing the emotional impact of the Cubs' championship on the city of Chicago, from Smashing Pumpkins lead singer and Illinois native Billy Corgan and Dutchie Caray, the wife of late Cubs announcer Harry Caray, to Mary Beth Talhami, whose 94-year old mother, a lifelong Cubs fan, passed away during the World Series; North Carolina resident Wayne Williams, who drove to Indiana to listen to Game Seven on his phone at his late father's grave; and nuns from Chicago's Felician Sisters Convent, who give a different take on the meanings of faith and curses.
Sights and sounds from the streets of Chicago during the Cubs' World Series title run are featured throughout the hour-long program, including exclusive footage and interviews at the Wrigleyville Fire Department andHarry Caray's River North restaurant.
The second MLB Network Presents program to debut this month is Cuba: Island of Baseball, premiering Tuesday, December 13 at 9:00 p.m. ET. Coinciding with the two-year anniversary of President Barack Obama moving to normalize relations between the U.S. and Cuba in December 2014, Cuba: Island of Baseball is an in-depth look at the decades of personal stories of many Cuban baseball players and their defection from their country in pursuit of a Major League career, from Tony Oliva, Luis Tiant, Barbaro Garbey and Rene Arocha in the 1960's, 1980's and 1990's to Aroldis Chapman, Yasiel Puig and Yulieski Gurriel today.
Narrated by Cuban-American Emmy Award-winning actor Bobby Cannavale, Cuba: Island of Baseball features interviews with Chapman, Garbey, Gurriel, Oliva, Puig and Tiant as well as current Major Leaguers Jose Abreu, Yoan Moncada and Yasmany Tomas, Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, Cuban Baseball Federation Vice President Antonio Castro and Cuban baseball historians Peter Bjarkman and Adrian Burgos Jr. Additional preview information on Cuba: Island of Baseball will be released to media before its premiere.
Launched in January 2015, MLB Network Presents has produced programs covering many subjects across baseball, including the Emmy-nominated The Story of Billy Bean as well as Holy Cow! The Story of Harry Caray, .406,56: The Streak, The Bird, The Colorful Montreal Expos and The Nasty Boys: The 1990 Cincinnati Reds