Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Didn't Get Trapped

The Cardinals lost to the Astros tonight by the score of 4 - 2.
For the Redbirds, the game was neither-well played nor well-pitched.
For the Astros, the game was well-played and well-pitched.
Hence the final score.
Game/telecasts such as this can really trap a TV baseball production crew. When the team that one covers is not playing well, it is easy to become almost lackadaisical during coverage. There is a tendency to stop taking chances with camera isos for replays.
The game cut becomes almost rote.
If this happens, the highest quality of coverage will NOT occur and the telecast will suffer.
Baseball is a game of "moments".
When a "moment" occurs, the TV crew had better be ready.
Despite the fact that the Cardinals did not play a very clean game, the Cardinals TV crew did not become lackadaisical and "mail it in".
It's a good thing we didn't because the game ended with Albert Pujols at the plate in the bottom of the 9th inning with the score 4 - 2 and runners on second and third.
We were ready.
Albert struck out on a 2 - 2 count and the game was over.
Our coverage captured the excitement of the "moment" and we delivered quality baseball television.
We delivered because we "didn't get trapped".

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