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There’s a lot more going on during a televised baseball game than you realize

Jan 26, 2011, 11:29 AM EST

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Friend of HBT Caryn Rose — of  Metsgrrl fame — went to an event called “Art of Televised Baseball” last night, where the main attraction was SNY’s Bill Webb talking about how baseball games are produced for TV.  Lots of fun insider stuff about the decisions Webb — the director of some 145 Mets games a year — makes in order to get the product you see on the screen. Among them:

  • When Keith is laughing and there’s nothing going on in the booth that’s funny, it’s because Webb is saying something to him in his earpiece. He told the story of the time Ralph Kiner sneezed, and Webb said “Gesundheit” and Ralph said “Thank you” on air.
  • [Webb] Mentioned both David Wells’ perfect game and David Cone’s perfect game as two of his most memorable ones. Someone then asked how he changed his coverage during a perfect game and he first said that he didn’t, but that he made sure that low 3rd, low 1st and CF cameras were always covering the pitcher so that if he blew it, the pitcher would be facing the camera.

It’s so easy to let a game wash over you when you watch it on TV. Then you realize that, as you’re sitting there, some guy in a production truck is changing the camera angles, putting up graphics and otherwise barking out orders every five or six seconds for three hours so that you can get your fix.

Good stuff. Tons and tons more of Webb’s observations are passed along. Nice writeup from Caryn. Check it out.

  1. BC - Jan 26, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Kiner is God. And yes, I’d put him alongside Clapton. While I’d rather listen to Clapton play Mainline Florida than Kiner, I’d rather hear Kiner call a Mets game than Clapton. Guy’s a classic.

  2. sdelmonte - Jan 26, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Webb is one of those things that makes being a Mets fan a delight. Win or lose, good game or bad, he does an amazing job and sets the tone for the broadcasters. It’s also really quite amazing that he’s kept the job despite the Mets changing broadcast outlets more than once.

    I wish I had known about this, but as someone on Metsgrrl’s blog notes, schlepping to Astoria is a daunting prospect, especially on a winter’s night. I can always hope they put it on YouTube.

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 26, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    This is exactly the kind of fun baseball stuff I like to read. Thank you!

    • clydeserra - Jan 26, 2011 at 2:59 PM

      yes, more please.

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