There is not enough love in the TV sports business.
"Thank you" and "great job" are not said enough in our profession.
This industry is full of people who look for mistakes and chastise those who made the mistake.
The most exciting part of this job is that we get ONLY ONE CHANCE to capture a moment in a live baseball game.
When we "nail it", there is an incredible feeling in the truck.
However, mistakes will be made.
Some plays are covered better than others.
Some plays could not be covered any better.
Today, I heard some of the crew talking about Producers and Directors who scream and yell at the crew during a telecast.
I don't believe there is one member of our profession who tries to screw up.
In this high pressure profession mistakes will be made.
Keeping mistakes to a minimum is the key to a good telecast.
What does yelling and screaming do? The only thing that yelling and screaming accomplishes is to put MORE pressure on the crew. When more pressure is added to the crew, more mistakes will be made.
As I wrote in my book Cutting The Game, Inside Television Baseball From the Director's Chair, (www.cuttingthegame.com) the people in our profession who yell and scream are the people with the biggest egos and the least talent.
Now let's get back to the "not enough love" theme of this blog.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Larry, our video technician, for doing a fantastic job today. Today's weather was a mixture of bright sun and lots of clouds which adds up to a difficult day for video. The cameras looked great.
In fact, Larry, I would like to thank you for doing a fantastic job this season.
The cameras have never looked better.
"Thank you and great job!"