It had been over a month since my live team and me had live-streamed ANY sports. I was perusing the spring schedule for some time and volleyball and baseball seemed like the next to-dos. After picking a volleyball game to stream that I never ended up organizing, I realized I would much rather be pouring my energy into baseball broadcasts.
This was Monday night. The schedule said the boys had games Wednesday and Friday and I said to myself (completing ignoring my busy week and the fact I had a track meet on Saturday), "We're doing both of them!" Tuesday night I researched DP's season so far, big moments, factoids, and by Wednesday I would be ready.
Then the rain hit. From the morning I wasn't sure if the game would even be played, but I luckily had two friends on call ready to help me if needed. Right before 5th period rolled up (which I would leave to start setting up) I ran into Coach Hedricks in the halls, as I was on my way to the office to attempt to radio him! He told me the game would still be played through the mist and I was ready.
My team and I began setting up around 2:00, first pitch was set for 3:15, when we realized we had thousands of dollars worth of equipment to protect from water damage! We settled on a pop up tent to cover the commentator (me), technical head, and our power strip and we placed the Macbook Pro in a cardboard box to protect it. We threw Santana, our camera man, on the roof in the 55 degree rain and placed a plastic bag over the camera.
Also while setting up, we realized our Ethernet cable was not long enough and we needed an extender to connect two. No one knew where one was, so I phoned a friend who came in, hooked both Ethernet cables up to a school phone, and it worked! So sitting in the athletics center walkway was a phone with a trashbag on it.
The broadcast appeared to have ran smoothly, but the game was called at the end of the 3rd inning when DP was losing 9-0 to Arroyo Grande and everyone was cold. We got very muddy cleaning up, I had to wipe down 4 long a$$ extension cords, but we were finally finished. When my team returned to T-3 (which a janitor opened for us), I looked at the Video On Demand which should have recorded the whole broadcast to NFHSNetwork.com, 7 runs scored by the visitor were missing! Guess we'll never know if those moments were actually streaming live...or if they ever happened ;).
I'm excited to stream Dos Pueblos vs longtime rival San Marcos baseball on Friday, March 1st. You can find out how to watch, and also watch what parts of this game did get saved, at DPNews.org/live. I greatly appreciate anyone who supports me with a view.
Articles I co-wrote with Barry Punzal, Noozhawk sports editor.