Plenty of broadcasters have noted that their view at Nationals Park is, shall we say, “elevated.”
Even home radio guy Charlie Slowes pointed that out in his recent tiff with Mad Dog Russo.
“He has no idea probably who I am, whether I’m the radio or the TV guy, whether I’m in a good broadcast location or nine stories high,” Slowes said.
Such laments got a wider audience on Saturday night, when the Fox three-man crew began discussing their location.
“It looked good from up here,” Harold Reynolds said of
a bunt the previous play.
“A lot of things look good from up here,” Joe Buck said.
“The Capitol Dome looks good from up here,” Tom Verducci said.
“Which city?” Buck asked, and there was laughter.
“You can see at least three states from our vantage point high above Nationals Park,” Buck said, presumably including the District as a state. “All lit up, and they’re packed in to watch the Nationals and the Braves, the top two teams in the National League East battle here on a Saturday night.”
The camera showed the Fox crew. Then it panned back to show just how high they were.
“We are at the upper-most part,” Buck said, to more laughter.
Of course, this is a city-wide trend. The Wizards broadcasters were moved off the floor recently; this became national news when Steve Buckhantz had a retracted dagger.
“It’s not breaking news that that is not a good vantage point,” said Pistons broadcaster George Blaha, who lauded the work done by Wizards senior director of communications Scott Hall and his assistants. “If you didn’t have the best statisticians in the league and a great media relations group, it would be extremely difficult. They make it as easy as possible. But you really have a problem with depth perception there.”
And the Redskins put visiting broadcasters near the end zone at FedEx Field.
“Daniel Snyder, he makes us sit in the end zone where we can’t see the game,” Eagles broadcaster Merrill Reese recently said, when explaining why Washington is his least favorite team.
Here’s Buck talking about the three states, via @NatitudeProblem.