If baseball returns this summer, it will be a different game from the one played last fall.
And it will be different to watch too.
There are no fans in the stands. Ballparks will be empty. Beer sellers, bean sellers, loud fans, waves – the familiar sounds and sights will disappear. How can the Giants broadcast fill that atmosphere?
On ESPN’s broadcast about the KBO game, there was often a third person at the booth – maybe former player or reporter Jeff Passan or a Korean baseball expert. You can start seeing more of that discovery with MLB games.
“I think there might be room for, OK, Giants to play Cubs in one of these weird games,” Dave Flemming said to “Tolbert, Krueger & Brooks” on Tuesday. “Let’s turn on Will Clark and let’s show some highlights from the playoff series and let’s show the Maddux moment. I think there is some room to do that while still completely covering the game. “
There will be plenty of time to fill, even if traditional fans might just want to show the game.
“When there is no crowd and no atmosphere of the ballpark, there is a big part of what we are witnessing is missing,” said Flemming. “The void might need to be filled somehow. I wouldn’t do that every game every game. But I think there is a place for such things without the atmosphere of fans and the ballpark to lean on. This will be difficult for directors and camera operators. Like , friend, you can only get so many closeup faces of men in the circle above the deck. “
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