There were two "moments" in today's game/telecast that were an absolute blast to cut.
Not every game will give you a special moment to cut and a TV baseball director is especially fortunate when a game has two special moments.
Special moment #1
Bottom of the 8th inning, Dodgers leading 4-3, 2 outs, runners on first and second, and Albert Pujols at the plate as a pinch-hitter facing Jonathon Broxton.
The greatest player in the game against a flame throwing all-star. In fact, Broxton had reached 100 mph on the radar gun during an earlier at-bat.
The home Busch Stadium crowd was going nuts!
There were seven pitches in this at-bat and the excitement level of the crowd grew with each pitch.
I mixed in crowd shots with tight face shots of Pujols and Broxton between each pitch.
Busch Stadium was rocking!
Albert hit the ball hard but grounded out to end the inning.
Special moment #2
Bottom of the 9th inning, the score has just been tied 4-4, Matt Holliday at the plate, Broxton still in the game, 2 outs, and runners on first and second.
Holliday laces a bullet over the head of the right fielder and the Cardinals win!
Cutting a "walk-off" win is especially invigorating and great, great fun.
The outcome of this game was all the more exciting because of the way this game played out. Going into the bottom of the 7th inning, the Cardinals were down 4-0 and had only 1 hit! The lead-off batter in the bottom of the 7th inning doubled and was left stranded.
At that time, there certainly did not seem like the Cardinals had a chance in hell to pull out a victory.
Cutting TWO great moments in a game with one culminating in a "walk off" win - it doesn't get any better than that!