With my job comes the opportunity to meet a lot of BYU athletes and coaches, and I love to see what they are like off the court and field. Just recently, I spent an afternoon with the BYU baseball team. These guys are hysterical! We brought in the entire team and coaches, numbering about 35 people -- all wearing baseball uniforms to shoot green screen footage that we will use for our starting lineups.
While we took a few players to the green screen, the others were waiting in Studio A where our True Blue set is located. The players entertained themselves by pretending to host a talk show on the True Blue set. Pitcher Daniel Welch played host and interviewed several players as well as Pitching Coach Wally Ritchie, who was asked about the "famous" pitching incident. Wally proceeded to tell the story: Pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies, he gets charged at the mound after a few close pitches, resulting in bloody noses and torn uniforms. Daniel and the coach re-enacted the entire sequence to much clapping and cheering from the players!
It was so fun to learn a little bit more about the coaches and players and see them interact with one other. It's obvious these guys are more than just teammates, they're friends too. The season starts up this week when the team travels to California on Friday for the season opener against the University of California, Riverside. I look forward to producing the home games for BYUtv!