Dodgers v Giants: A feel good taping story
Posted by keithosaunders on September 1, 2015
For years my buddy in the Bronx and I have traded taping foible stories. What is a taping foible? That’s when you set your DVR, or in the old days, VCR to record the game and something goes horribly wrong. The most common thing is to learn of the score either by accident or having it told to you by a random person. In the old days it was actually difficult to program VCRs. The taping landscape was fraught with danger.
Today I have a taping story with a happy ending. I had the night off (I’m a musician and gig most every night) so I decided to watch the Dodgers/Giants game. Since I also wanted to watch this horror show I’m into called The Strain I decided to tape the game and watch it on delay. I set it up to tape 2 hours extra. I use the word ‘taping’ in the generic sense. I recorded on a DVR.
By the time I got to the game it was about 90 minutes old. It was a slow moving game with deliberate pitchers and lots of pitching changes. In other words, it was a normal paced ballgame. The game went extra innings but since 9 innings took 3 hours and 40 minutes there was only 80 minutes left on the timer. By the 12th inning there was only 20 minutes of taping time left and was 40 minutes behind real time! I was rooting for a broo-ha-ha so I could get in some serious fast forward action but it was not to be. I began forwarding between every pitch all the while sweating bullets.
Finally it was zero hour but I still had 1 minute of tape to get through. The tape ran out with Justin Turner up representing the winning run. I was sure that the one minute gap was going to do me in and that I would miss a Turner walkoff homer but the taping Gods were with me. I only missed a single. Or a walk. Or a hit by pitch. I don’t know because I missed it.
I watched the final 2 innings in real time, every once in a while hitting the fast forward button on the remote by mistake. A great pennant race game and a happy taping ending!