One of our assignments as part of the Greene Team was covering a Long Island Ducks game. We rode there in style, getting a lavish party bus for the half-hour ride. As we got there, we began to capture B-roll footage and plan out how we were going to cover our stories. We got to interview the players, support staff and even manager Bud Harrelson. The weather was bad at first but then calmed and it ended up being a great night for baseball. But besides baseball, my being a roving reporter taught me some interesting lessons I would otherwise not have learned.
One of the most fascinating parts was our tour of the press box area. There, reporters have access to all kinds of info. Whether it’s regarding the players, the division, league or even the weather, reporters have access to an amazing amount of information. We also got to see the stadium operations center where the equipment that controls the scoreboard, jumbotron and closed circuit TV channels are located. It’s amazing just how much effort goes into the production of even the most simple events. In order for the simplicity of a baseball game to go on, complex technological and logistic systems need to be created. It’s crazy how simplicity requires complexity in order to exist.
I also learned a little bit of psychology at the baseball game, believe it or not. When you’re watching TV, you’ll always see people go behind the reporter speaking on screen and wave or doing something else a bit juvenile. However, when you approach those people for an interview – the very people who do that little wave – they immediately become withdrawn and nervous for the interview. We as human beings crave attention but when we get it, we hate it. Look at movie stars as another example – they strive for the spotlight and once they have it, they hate it.
It’s amazing what you learn at a baseball game.