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Chicago Cubs: ‘Reign Men’ documentary premieres Monday at 9 PM on CSN

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Sep 16, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant (left) is doused with beer in the locker room after the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field. The Cubs clinched the National League Central Division championship. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 16, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant (left) is doused with beer in the locker room after the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field. The Cubs clinched the National League Central Division championship. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports /
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If you’re a Chicago Cubs fan, you probably can’t get enough World Series paraphernalia. Now, you can add ‘Reign Men’, a documentary of Game 7, to the list.

According to Bruce Miles at the Daily Herald, Comcast Sports Network Chicago will air the premier of Sarah Lauch and Ryan McGuffey’s documentary. On Monday, March 27th at 9:00 P.M, fans will experience the most important game in Cubs history like never before.

You probably remember it as a roller coaster of emotions (or a glass case, if you’re Anthony Rizzo) you were trapped in during the game. I certainly do. But, what makes this documentary different, according to its writers, is how the idea came about.

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McGuffey, senior producer of original content for CSN, was at Game 7. According to the article, when he returned from Cleveland the next day, McGuffey went to Lauch and told her “I don’t know where or when or what, but there’s something there. At some point, we have to revisit that game.”

There was a different kind of air in the stadium that night. I remember thinking that everyone I saw in the stands looked frozen in time like the only thing this world could permit to exist was Game 7.  McGuffey said this atmosphere was his inspiration.

The only thing standing in their way, however, was the calendar.

"“We were doing replays of the playoffs, every win,” Lauch, CSN’s executive producer of original content, said. “When we started to interview people, we realized, ‘Wow, there’s something here.'”"

Tracking down all of the players became priority number one. Lauch and McGuffey realized they needed to get the project done before Spring Training when everything gets crazy. Chasing down one player, in particular, turned out to be more tasking than either Lauch and McGuffey could have imagined.

Jason Heyward was very busy this off-season. Between moving to Arizona to work on his swing and all of his other workouts, it was impossible for Lauch and McGuffey to track him down.

"“We tried to fly to his hometown. It didn’t work out. We ended up getting him at spring training, but we wanted to get him off-campus, off the spring-training facility,” Lauch said."

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The crew eventually caught up with Heyward and completed the film before Opening Day, just as they predicted.

We, the fans, have seen it all and heard it all before. From the highlights and analysis to in-game participation. Don’t expect this movie to show you anything new about the game. This is an exploration of the emotional-charge brought in Game 7.

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