The game we televised today was another example of two games in one. Unlike last night's contest, this game was two games in one for a different reason - starting pitching.
The Angels starting pitcher was sharp and the Cardinals starting pitcher was not.
Therefore, the top of every inning was an adventure to direct and the bottom of each inning a delight to cut.
In my book, Cutting The Game, Inside Television Baseball from the Director's Chair, (www.cuttingthegame.com) I write a chapter called The Flow of the Show. When a pitcher is sharp, there is a great flow to the show and the quality of the telecast relects this. On the other hand, when a game is poorly pitched there is not much the TV team in the truck can do to improve the quality of the show.
Just like last night's telecast/game, we aired two different games today.
Also today, our regular Producer was out of town and the game was produced by our lead tape guy - Brian.
This game was a difficult game for a Producer. The time of game was 3 hours and 3 minutes and there were runs scored in 6 of the 9 innings.
Brian was cool, calm, collected, and in control.
Sitting in the Producer's chair for the first time this season, couldn't have picked a more difficult game to Produce.
Unless he chose last night's affair