Am I the only one who is annoyed at the TV coverage of Pirate games? Apparently the director believes that a group of people waving maniacally at the camera has extremely high entertainment value. Why else would he feature this type of shot time after time during the course of a game?
Then there are the excruciatingly boring interviews that are conducted while the game is in progress, thereby greatly interfering with the flow of the game. I really felt empathy with a usher in Chicago's Wrigley Field a while back when he finally lost patience and shut down one of those interminable interviews so that paying customers could see the game.
But my last straw occurred during the eighth inning of the July 31 game against St. Louis. The score was tied 4-4. St. Louis had two men out, runners on second and third, and two strikes on the batter. Arguably the most critical pitch in the entire ball game was coming up. What happened? Unbelievably, the director cut to a picture of some clown dressed in a Halloween costume making fool of himself on the Clemente Bridge.
I think we long-suffering Pirate fans deserve better.