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FOX Sports Films Unveiled Latest Documentary, ‘Welcome To The J-ROD Show’


FOX Sports Films has unveiled its latest documentary, “WELCOME TO THE J-ROD SHOW,” chronicling the remarkable journey of Julio Rodríguez, one of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) most promising young talents. This film, produced in collaboration with Religion of Sports, MLB, and Derek Jeter’s CAP 2 Productions, is set to premiere on Tuesday, July 16, at 11:30 PM ET on FS1, following FOX’s postgame coverage of the 2024 MLB All-Star Game.

The documentary features exclusive interviews with notable figures such as Seattle Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford, Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., and World Series champion Alex Rodriguez, offering unique insights into Rodríguez’s ascent in baseball.

Barry Nugent, Vice President of Development and Original Programming at FOX Sports, expressed excitement about the project, stating, “Julio Rodríguez’s journey to the Major Leagues resembles that of a fairytale, and FOX Sports is thrilled to partner with Religion of Sports to spotlight the compelling story behind his meteoric rise to become one of the hottest young stars in the league. In the naissance of his baseball career, we wanted to break away from the typical sports documentary narrative and showcase those early stages of a young athlete’s burning desire for greatness and the impact it has on the sport and the fans.”

“WELCOME TO THE J-ROD SHOW” delves into Rodríguez’s path from his humble beginnings in the Dominican Republic to his debut with the Seattle Mariners in 2022, and his rapid rise to prominence. The film provides an in-depth, first-person perspective on Rodríguez’s life and career, featuring contributions from his family and close supporters, highlighting the sacrifices made to achieve his MLB dream.

Rodríguez, who earned the title of American League Rookie of the Year and is a two-time Silver Slugger Award winner, expressed his gratitude for the documentary, saying, “It was an honor to welcome the team from FOX Sports and Religion of Sports to follow my offseason process and tell a part of my story. I hope this film inspires others to have the same passion to always chase their dreams, as I continue to chase mine.”

Rodríguez’s story is one of perseverance and resilience. After emerging as a baseball phenomenon in the Dominican Republic, he learned English, moved to the United States as a teenager, and rose through the Mariners’ Minor League system. Despite a challenging start to his rookie season in 2022, Rodríguez’s determination and charisma quickly won over Seattle fans, making him the face of the franchise and a beacon of hope for the team’s World Series aspirations.

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Victor Buhler, Senior Vice President of Development and Production at Religion of Sports, praised Rodríguez’s infectious enthusiasm and potential, stating, “Julio’s enthusiasm for baseball and for life is infectious and Religion of Sports is proud to tell his story… at least his fascinating story so far. Julio has hit incredible heights already, but his journey is only just beginning. Our film shows a player on the path to become potentially one of the all-time greats.”

Directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Bryant Robinson, “WELCOME TO THE J-ROD SHOW” is executive produced by Gotham Chopra, Ameeth Sankaran, and Victor Buhler of Religion of Sports, along with Eric Shanks, Mark Silverman, Charlie Dixon, and Barry Nugent of FOX Sports, and Derek Jeter. The production team includes Carl Hansen, Ariana Rotstein, Michael Vayder, Rita O’Dea, and Omri Kruvi, with Rodríguez represented by JB Greer, Alyssa Romano, Daniel Forrest, and Ulises Cabrera.

FOX Sports Films remains committed to delivering engaging sports documentaries that connect live sports events to broader sports culture through innovative storytelling.

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