Sunday, July 8, 2012
Walks And Walkoffs
I don't think there is anything worse for a baseball game and telecast than the walk. Walks destroy the pace of the game and the pace of the telecast. I don't think there is anything more fun and exciting for the baseball fan and the baseball TV crew than a walkoff win. The Cardinals beat the Marlins today by the score of 5 - 4 despite the fact that Redbirds hurlers issued 8 walks. This was one of the most entertaining victories ever for the St. Louis Cardinals baseball fans. The Cardinals scored 3 runs in the bottom of the ninth with the final 2 runs coming on a walkoff single. The game ended with a bang bang play at the plate with the runner correctly ruled safe. We ended the telecast with 6 angles of the final play capping the sequence with a wide angle that captured the jubilation of the Busch Stadium crowd as the winning run scored. The quality of the game suffered with all the free passes given by the pitchers but not many viewers, if any, will remember that aspect of today's game. The quality of the telecast was greatly enhanced because the fans will not remember the walks, they will not forget the walkoff.