Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Series Recap: Bad Ending, Bad Everything, Bad Inning

The LA Dodgers beat the Cardinals today by the score of 9 - 4 to wrap up a three game sweep of the Redbirds at Busch Stadium.
During my 24 years as part of the St. Louis Cardinals TV production team, I don't remember a three game series that was more difficult to televise.
My two previous blogs "Crushing Loss" and "The Epitome of Stink" pretty much summarized the game/telecasts of the first two games of this series.
Today's clunker of a game could be titled "One Bad Inning" because the game was over for the lifeless Cardinals after the top of the third inning when the Dodgers scored 6 runs.
Here is a recap of that inning:
Wild Pitch - Both runners advance
2-Run Single
RBI Double
RBI Single - Runner to 2nd base on a throwing error
Ground Rule RBI Double
Single - Runners on 1st and 3rd
RBI Single - Runners on 1st and 2nd
Sacrifice Bunt - Runners on 2nd and 3rd
Fielders Choice - Runner out at home
6 runs, 6 hits, 2 walks, wild pitch, 1 error, 38 pitches.
Game 1 of this series had a bad ending. Game two was a horrible, horrible baseball game. Game three had one bad inning and no exciting innings.
A telecast can make a good game bad and sometimes even a bad game good.
There was NO CHANCE for these bad games to look good on television.
Believe me, we tried.

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