Thursday, July 22, 2010

Almost Nothing

During a baseball telecast, or any sport for that matter, the game will dictate to the TV production crew just what exactly should be covered.
The game dictates the telecast.
The more adept the TV production crew is at picking up the hints that the game is throwing in their general direction, the higher the quality of the show.
Adapting to the flow of the game is most important aspect in determining the success the TV production crew.
Too many TV crews build and build and build graphics and soundbites thinking that these elements will make for a quality telecast. These elements are often forced into the telecast and the show suffers.
It is the TV crew that can adapt to the game and follow the "story line" of the game, creating as they go, that enjoys the most success.
Let the game dictate the programming and adjust and adapt to the game.
This determines the success of the show.
However, sometimes the game gives you almost nothing.
Like today's game.
The Cardinals went 1-2-3 in the first, second, third, and fourth innings. In the fifth inning, Matt Holliday led off with a single and was erased on a double play. The Redbirds went down 1-2-3 in the sixth and the seventh inning.
There was a walk in the bottom of the eighth inning and after the eighth inning, the Phillies starting pitcher had faced one over the minimum.
The Cardinals went down 1-2-3 in the ninth and the tenth inning.
The score after nine innings was 0-0 as the Phillies weren't able to muster any offense as well.
The Phillies scored two runs in the top of the eleventh inning and the Cardinals went down meekly in the bottom of the eleventh with only a walk in the books.
There were TWO telling replays the whole game and these came on possible trapped fly balls by the Phillies in the fifth inning.
We adjusted to the game and aired a video sequence showing the last three walk-off hits by the first three upcoming batters for the Cardinals in the tenth inning.
Other than that, the game gave us nothing.
A rare game indeed.

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