Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Who Knew The Baseball Tonight Crew Worked So Hard?

I tried to Photoshop Krukker into HR's spot, but it didn't work out.

In Buster Olney's blog today, he provided the readers with a brief rundown of how last night's Baseball Tonight show got scrapped when the Mets - Giants game went into the twelfth and led almost perfectly into SportsCenter. It's a pretty mundane recap of the events but what struck me as interesting was the last line:
So the plan for "Baseball Tonight" on Tuesday was for the show to start at 10 p.m., or when the broadcast of the Mets' game ended, and it appeared for a time that we might be able to start at 9:30. Karl Ravech hurriedly switched his monitor from channel to channel. John Kruk spoke aloud about the Phillies' latest abomination. We were ready to go. Then the Giants tied the Mets, and the game went into the 10th inning. And the 11th. And the 12th. And we sat there in studio, waiting and waiting and waiting for a show that, in the end, never began. Six hours of show prep for … nada.
Six hours of prep? What does this "prep" consist of? Watching baseball on 12 TVs and wagering on how many pounds of food groups Krukker will kill before the cameras roll doesn't really soung like prep to me, but who am I to judge. And why does Buster prep for six hours when he's only going to say about 20 words the entire show anyway? But what I really want to know is when does Buster sleep? If he finishes BBTN at 11pm and IMMEDIATELY hops in his car to get home, there's no way he's home before midnight. He then usually gets his first blog entry out around 7am and that's after reading (or having an editor select for him) about 2-3 dozen articles across the nation. It probably takes him an hour or so to create that blog (though if it takes 6 hours to prepare BBTN, it may take him all night to prepare for his blog), so if my numbers are correct, Buster takes about a 3 hour nap from 1am to 4am and heads right back to Bristol to begin prepping for BBTN again. I hope they're paying you well Buster. That seems a little excessive.

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