One thing we’re asked frequently (other then “When is Teddy gonna win?”) is whether the entire presidents race is scripted in advance.
When I respond that Nationals Park PA announcer Jerome Hruska really calls the game live and unscripted, some people find that hard to believe.
So when the Nationals hosted several bloggers at the park last weekend, I made a special last-minute request, and the Nats were happy to oblige.
During the 4th-inning presidents race, the Nats allowed us to bring two video cameras up to the control room at
Nationals Park, to give Let Teddy Win readers an inside look at the calling of the GEICO presidents race.
High above the field, a small army of directors, statisticians, and engineers communicates with camera operators and entertainment staff stationed throughout the park, mixing the feed live for the 101-foot HD scoreboard over the centerfield bleachers.
Behind a soundproof door, Hruska reads a script introducing the presidents race video, but from that point forward, the script just reads “(RACE).”
Video below. Thanks to Chad Kurz and the Washington Nationals for letting LTW readers behind the scenes.