The YES Camera Crew Deserves An Award Of Some Kind

Monday, July 07, 2008


With all of the cameras and different angles that TV provide you during a game these days you usually only take notice of a channel not giving you a replay rather than when they actually do give you a good view of a play. Well this past Friday's shot of Kevin Youklis' ball spinning on top of the fence after Johnny Damon crashed into the wall was one of those rare occasions where you marvel at outstanding replay work. Here is the play and an interview with the producer in the NY Post....

"Frank Lombardo, left field camera; the ball was hit right at him. He was upset because he thought he lost the ball on us. But we had it. There it was, just sitting on top of the fence.

"Keith Desantis gave us that super slo-mo of it. He shoots up the third base line from behind home plate. Vinnie Scaffidi on the high, first base camera; he had Damon and the ball in the shot the whole time, and then he had that fan pointing to it as it fell off the wall."

And with all that, YES was able to show that Damon was hurt and then provide a close-up of Youkilis standing on third, looking out toward left, appearing mystified as to what had just gone on out there.

From YES's booth, Al Leiter, as he watched what Moore's guys had captured, simply said, "Never seen anything like that." Michael Kay added all that was left to say: "That's unbelievable." Both spoke softly, as if they were still more amazed than excited.

It's become so commonplace for a great replay that sometime we take cameramen's hard work for granted. It was awesome to see something like which had never been seen last Friday, but even more awesome that same play from so many different angles. Great job YES.

Out Of Left Field (NY Post)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 1:09 PM

6 Comments:

I can make no sense of the first sentence of this post. I wasn't sure if you were happy with the replay until the end of your post.

Pete said...
Jul 7, 2008, 1:31:00 PM  

There's probably no video of this, because it was pre-Big Ten Network. But a few years back, during the Big Ten Tournament, Purdue's first baseman, Eric Wolf, drilled a liner to straight-away center that Illinois' centerfielder got a glove on near the wall.

In one of the most amazing things I've ever seen - and I was forced to try to describe it as Purdue's radio play-by-play man - the ball glanced off the glove (and thus had some wicked spin), landed on top of the fence and rolled about 18 inches to the right before falling back into play.

It was wild. Needless to say, I never thought I'd see anything like it again. Obviously, I was wrong.

Anonymous said...
Jul 7, 2008, 1:33:00 PM  

Thanks, reads much better now.

Pete said...
Jul 7, 2008, 2:34:00 PM  

Michael Kay can and will ruin anything.

GMoney said...
Jul 7, 2008, 4:08:00 PM  

YES has a great crew - love what they do production-wise.

Brian said...
Jul 7, 2008, 7:08:00 PM  

does anyone have a link to this on youtube? the video isnt working

Anonymous said...
Jul 8, 2008, 1:20:00 PM  

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