MLB Productions Captures Our Story
Major League Baseball has given Play Ball Indiana what could be considered the gift of the year, by sending a four-person film crew from MLB Productions to Indianapolis to videotape the RBI Indianapolis program and some of its players, coaches and parents. This is only the second RBI program to be profiled by Major League Baseball since the start of the RBI program in 1989.
MLB Productions producer Jason “JJ” Jhung and his crew (Katie Morgan, Sara Joo, Avery Brooks) arrived on Thurs. Oct. 11 for a four-day stay. During that time they tried to capture the essence of the city by getting video of the NCAA Hall of Champions, the Indiana Sports Corporation, Victory Field and the Lids Sports Complex, home of the RBI Indianapolis Jr. RBI program.
Ken Kocher (CEO of Lids) and Kristy Ailes of Deloitte were both interviewed in their offices to talk about the huge investment in time and talent that was contributed to the program by their companies and employees.
Mike Lennox (PBI executive director) was interviewed at the Indiana Sports Corporation, on the same day that the Sports Corporation had donated baseballs and equipment bags to the RBI program. Julie Ragsdale (PBI board chair) was interviewed at the ball diamonds of Forest Manor Park.
One of the main focuses of the video was to interview Jeremy O’Day. Jeremy is a coach in the RBI program, but also the Lids Sports Complex manager. But besides being an indispensable part of the management team, Jeremy’s life story is compelling and mirrors what RBI is all about. Jeremy escaped an early life that was heading in the wrong direction, and has emerged as a role model other inner city young men can emulate. He is now a family man with a college degree and a new business venture.
MLB Productions also interviewed Bob Haney (RBI program director), Jamie Williams, Antwan Jackson and Eric James, all longtime assistants in the program. Other RBI players interviewed include: Kamryn See, Justin Hidelburg (both players from the Jr. RBI Classic team in 2011) and MLB Productions plans to edit the video into a four minute promotional video, which will be posted on the MLB.Com website around Thanksgiving. PBI will receive a copy at the same time for use locally.