posted by Ben Cafardo on December 9, 2013 3:08 PM
ESPN’s Curt Schilling (Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images)
ORLANDO – The first day of the 2013 Baseball Winter Meetings is underway here at Disney’s Swan & Dolphin Resort and the first major announcement of this year’s event was that ESPN analyst Curt Schilling is joining Sunday Night Baseball.
ESPN announced today that Schilling will join veteran play-by-play commentator Dan Shulman as well as analyst and former Phillies teammate John Kruk in the booth, along with ESPN Major League Baseball Insider Buster Olney, for the 25th season of Sunday Night Baseball – MLB’s exclusive national game of the week.
In between several Baseball Tonight segments and media availability about his new ESPN role, Front Row got a few words with Schilling, who talked about his new booth mates and who his favorite sports TV personalities were as a player.
Do you remember people telling you during your playing days that you should transition to television after you retire? continue reading…
posted by Ana Livia Coelho on November 21, 2013 5:24 PM
Seth Ader (ESPN)
Yesterday, Major League Baseball fans were stunned by a trade that sent Detroit Tigers slugger Prince Fielder to Texas for second baseman Ian Kinsler.
As unexpected as the blockbuster trade seemed, ESPN’s marketing team “predicted” a move involving the players – coincidentally, of course – in a 2010 ad for Sunday Night Baseball featuring Fielder (with the Milwaukee Brewers at the time) and Kinsler. They are depicted watching television with actor Adam Scott while discussing fantasy baseball trades. During the 30-second spot, Kinsler suggests a deal involving both of them in exchange for San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum.
Front Row spoke with Seth Ader, ESPN’s senior director of Sports Marketing, for his recollection of how the ad came together.
What’s your take on this coincidence? continue reading…
posted by Kristen Hudak on October 30, 2013 4:53 PM
ESPN’s Baseball Tonight team has been on the road together for the World Series since Game 1 in Boston on Oct. 23. Today, they are back at Fenway Park preparing for pre and post-game coverage of Game 6 between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox. Here are a few of the names and faces behind the scenes whose work is helping ESPN deliver comprehensive, on-site coverage of the World Series to baseball fans every day.
Vic Morren – Senior Production Manager
Morren organizes and executes all staffing and long-range planning for Baseball Tonight’s World Series coverage.
Nick Davis – Coordinating Producer
Davis oversees ESPN’s MLB coverage and execution of all elements for Baseball Tonight. He also works closely with ESPN’s social media team to provide behind-the-scenes access and photos of Baseball Tonight on the road at the World Series.
posted by Amy Kunkel on October 21, 2013 1:03 PM
ESPN news editor Claire Smith
(Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images)
ESPN news editor Claire Smith has been named the inaugural winner of the Sam Lacy-Wendell Smith Award presented by the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. The award is given to a sports journalist who has made significant contributions to racial and gender equality in sports.
Smith’s love of sports led her to study journalism at Temple University. After graduation she pursued one goal: to write about baseball.
“My passion for baseball was shaped by two people: my mother – an avid Dodgers fan – and Jackie Robinson, whose legacy influenced my love and curiosity about sports and their impact in society,” Smith said. continue reading…
posted by Ben Cafardo on October 16, 2013 12:30 PM
Aaron Boone hit the game-winning home run against the Boston Red Sox during Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS.
(Al Bello/Getty Images)
ESPN’s Aaron Boone
(Allen Kee/ESPN Images)
Hard to believe it was 10 years ago.
One year before the infamous “Curse of the Bambino” was broken, Boston Red Sox fans everywhere stood wide-eyed and anxious as Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS against the New York Yankees wound its way into the bottom of the 11th inning.
That’s when Aaron Boone extended the “curse” another season with a lead-off, first-pitch moonshot off knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. Boone’s homer not only propelled the Yankees to the World Series, but his heroics also perpetuated the idea that the Red Sox would never win another World Series (especially following the events of the Grady Little/Pedro Martinez controversy from earlier in the game).
Ten years to the day, Boone, now a Baseball Tonight and Monday Night Baseball analyst for ESPN, shared his memories of that extraordinary moment with Front Row. continue reading…
posted by David Scott on October 7, 2013 9:38 AM
Some of what you may have missed over the weekend from ESPN:
1. ESPN Radio’s coverage of the MLB Playoffs features more than just insightful analysis from the likes of Chris Singleton, as evidenced by the tweet below. Said Singleton: “It was a thrill making that grab in such a big game! I hadn’t caught one from the booth since 2007. I was tracking it the entire way and stood up at the last moment when I realized it was actually going to enter the booth and I made a clean grab.”
posted by Dan Quinn on October 1, 2013 8:00 AM
While producer Steve Buckheit has only a self-described “perpetual 5-o’clock shadow,” he was among the first to take advantage of the Boston Red Sox “Dollar Beard Night” promotion last month which allowed fans with real or faux facial fur into Fenway for a buck.
While many carried combs, Buckheit carted his camera to capture the occasion for a piece chronicling the Sox’ return to success scheduled to debut on tonight’s 6 p.m. ET SportsCenter. continue reading…
posted by Ben Cafardo on September 30, 2013 3:54 PM
Last week, ESPN took Baseball Tonight on the road to the MLB Fan Cave for an immersive fan experience in baseball’s coolest spot. Host Karl Ravech was joined by analysts Manny Acta and Baseball Hall of Famer Barry Larkin as the crew put on one of the best shows of the season in front of the lively audience on hand. Front Row was there to capture all of the sights and sounds (above), including a pre-show ping-pong match between Ravech and Larkin.
Here are ESPN’s early-round MLB postseason coverage details, including ESPN Radio, Baseball Tonight and ESPN.com.
Video produced by Dave Williams
posted by Carrie Kreiswirth on September 24, 2013 4:30 PM
ESPN’s award-winning newsmagazine program E:60 features the unique story of a batboy for the Cincinnati Reds on tonight’s episode (ESPN, 7 p.m. ET), highlighted here in the Cincinnati Enquirer.
The Reds have qualified for the National League playoffs and are eyeing a sixth World Series title. Regardless of how the 2013 season ends, the Reds already have an unforgettable story in Teddy Kremer, a 30-year-old man with Down Syndrome who has an adventurous spirit, a willingness to try new things and a love of sports.
When Kremer got the chance to be a batboy with the Reds for a day, it inspired a team and a town. E:60 associate producer and Cincinnati native Megan Anderson — daughter of former Bengals quarterback Ken Anderson — provides a glimpse of the impact her first full-length produced piece had on her.:
What did you find most challenging about producing a full-length feature? continue reading…
posted by Hannah Worster on September 21, 2013 10:53 AM
Andrew McCutchen is leading the Pittsburgh Pirates’ charge for a playoff berth.
(Scott Clarke/ESPN Images)
In 2006, Michael Keaton delivered the first pitch at a Pirates game.
(Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
This past Thursday was International Talk Like A Pirate Day. For actor and passionate Pittsburgh Pirates fan Michael Keaton, this summer has been one to celebrate.
The Pirates have a winning record for the first time since 1992 and are battling for a playoff berth. Wednesday, Keaton authored the first of a series of posts for ESPN.com regarding the Pirates’ quest for the postseaon.
How did the actor known for his portrayals of everyone from Beetlejuice to Batman become a Buccos columnist?
Michael Knisley, senior deputy editor at ESPN.com, knew that Keaton was a Pirates fan and reached out to gauge his interest in writing about this historic season.
“His publicist passed along my inquiry and got a quick, ‘Yes.’ ” Knisley told Front Row’s Dan Quinn. “After a lot of back-and-forth between myself and Michael, it was his suggestion to file periodic dispatches during the last couple of weeks of the pennant race and for as long as the Pirates stay alive in the postseason.”
No doubt Keaton would love to be sharing his thoughts with ESPN.com readers about a Pirates World Series parade in November.
By Sheldon Spencer
ICYMI: Highlights from the past week on Front Row continue reading…