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Fair Balls and Foul Language
With no live crowd noise as a buffer at M.L.B. games, on-field sounds are easy to hear on broadcasts — and it’s not all rated PG.
James Wagner NYT Sports
The frustration was understandable. After striking out Yankees first baseman Luke Voit to end a tough inning that included walking two batters, Boston Red Sox pitcher Austin Brice stomped off the mound on Sunday while berating himself.
“Walked everybody,” he shouted at himself, clearly picked up by the TV broadcast in an empty stadium. “Damn it.”
That was only part of what he said. The rest of his rant was filled with even stronger expletives.
Professional athletes voicing their exasperation, or glee, in the heat of the moment is certainly nothing new. But now, as Major League Baseball stages an untraditional 60-game campaign amid the coronavirus pandemic, players and coaches are trying to be more mindful of their colorful language without the noisy buffer usually created by the fans in the stands — with varying success.
Teams and broadcasters are using artificial crowd noise — both a constant murmur in between plays and cheering after big moments for the home team — to add a measure of familiarity and comfort to the experience. But stadium speakers and mixed-in feeds simply can’t match the volume of thousands of actual humans and their real-time reactions.
the pop of the catcher’s glove is clearer. The crack of the bat is louder. And spicy language on the field is more intelligible.
“Unfortunately, that’s going to happen,” said Yankees pitcher J.A. Happ, adding later, “It’s just some emotion out there that we’re not used to getting picked up.”
Fair Balls and Foul Language
Won't last, but Marlins in first place 6-1.
The best team money can’t buy
Well, the Rays now have 25% of their 60-game regular season in the books without a single new case (post entry testing). And, four of their six positives on entry testing are now back on the big league roster, with the other two also training already at the alternate site (Port Charlotte).
Maybe they can start winning some games. Weird season, but they've been disappointing early. 7-8.
Yes, a stretch of losses with quiet bats has hurt them in a short season. They did beat the mighty yankees two out of three so far this weekend, though (update 3 out of 4 to go back to .500 and two games behind NY). But, I'm mostly happy that they are playing at all, despite some issues in Miami and St. Louis (geez, that's a surprise, right?). All the doom and gloomers said the season was over before it started, and so far, 16 games into a 60 game season... it's not.
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While this is a bad situation brought on by a natural calamity, one thing we can learn from all this is that the fans have the ultimate upper hand, and, should wield that power to tamp down bad actors on and off the field. If we don't like the way the players are acting, our in-person attendance dollars have more impact than TV rights, advertising, or any other source of income for the teams. When the teams don't make a profit, as is the case for major league baseball this year, the players' wallets are immediately impacted. These multi-milionaire players can absorb a year like this, but, not over a sustained period. We're the customer, and, we shouldn't lose sight of that.
Thirty percent of the way through the season now, and, only three teams have any games to speak of to make up. Double-headers solve a lot of scheduling issues in baseball. But, no bubble here... teams travel and players go home at night while playing home games. So, this is something to take note of: the season did not end before it started, as many have surmised / claimed. The team I follow has zero new COVID cases post- intake testing.