While with Macon Telegraph, did story about Leo and how he had HOF credentials.
As a rule, they don't put coaches in, but he deserves it.
A joy to speak with
then. Think he's great for baseball and correct about everything he says about
Lawyers (agents) run pro sports today to the detriment of
Warner Robins, Ga
Thanks for the E-Mail. Leo Mazzone is one of my very favorite people. We laugh at the same jokes!
BB and Chuck Berry concert at Chastain. BB plays an awesome set for about an
hour and half or so. After a long delay Berry comes out, obviously inebriated,
plays a sloppy version of "Johnny B Good". He then starts a 2nd song but stops
that abruptly, starts in to "Johnny B Good" again but then stops that and walks
off the stage. The audience sits there stunned and disappointed. Well out comes
BB again and plays a whole new, completely different set. I will be a BB King
fan for my life.
Hahaha, great story!!!
It is a joy to have a “baseball man” like yourself on the air. I enjoy listening to your perspective on the game with Rude in the mornings, on Saturday mornings with Lemmer, and in the Braves pre-game shows.
I respect your baseball opinion, so I wanted to “run my point of view” past you, about watching television broadcasts of MLB games in the current era. I have found baseball on television to be unwatchable. You can “follow” the baseball game on television, but you cannot “watch” the game on television. That is because the broadcast actually does not show you the game.
The baseball game as aired today is a continuous showing of faces, facial expressions, players from the waist-up, and shots of the dugout. It is very rare in nowaday broadcasts to see the field, or to see more than one player at a time in the screenshot.. or even the entire body of a player. The only time that you see more than one player at a time is the view of the batter and catcher as the pitch is thrown… or when a baserunner is beating-out a throw.
You never see on-field player alignment.
You never see an outfield shift.
You very rarely see how baserunners are positioned at the bases.
You rarely see the field.
The typical baseball game broadcast is:
Show the on-deck batter from the torso-up, taking his practice swings.
Switch the view to the pitchers face, as he is taking signs from the catcher. Show pitcher shaking his head.
For a split-second, show the batter at the plate preparing for the pitch, then quickly switch the view to just the batters head shot… stay there.
Now show the manager in the dugout for an excessively long period of time.
Once the pitcher throws the ball, switch the view to the batter and catcher as the batter takes the pitch.
If the batter makes contact with the ball, show only the portion of the field where the ball goes, then quickly close the angle tightly to only the fielder, fielding it… and tighten the shot to just the upper portion of the fielder as he throws the ball.
Show a tight angle of whoever catches the ball.
And so forth.
Television baseball has now boiled-down to just showing the upper body of one-person, faces and the dugout. You rarely see the field, or all of the field action.
In the past, television baseball showed wider field shots, a wider view of the action whenever something transpired, and you never got those shots of just somebody’s eyes and nose filling the screen.
It’s funny. Once upon a time, baseball was very watchable and hockey was unwatchable. It was difficult to impossible to see the action with hockey on TV. Now, hockey has become watchable – and baseball has become unwatchable. Whereas, it used to be that you absolutely had to be at the arena to enjoy a hockey match – you can now enjoy it on television. But to really enjoy the baseball game, follow the strategy, see the dynamics and interactions, you really have to be at the stadium… because you will not see it on TV.
I wonder if you have noticed the same thing. If so, then maybe this is something worth mentioning on the air, to see if other baseball fans have the same perspective.
(a baseball fan in Stone Mountain)
For all you Tom Brady fanatics out there, say what you want against Aaron Hernandez but he's never been accused of cheating and he's never been suspended by the NFL.
Christopher Rude 680 The Fan Rude2@aol.com