Sure enough, after the Cincinnati Reds got three quick Cubs at the top of the seventh place, a short commercial break followed the spectacle of Caray’s appearance. Presumably, the network used his real voice from any of the renditions of the featured song over 16 years to call home team games at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
The setting was Thursday in Dyersville, Iowa, at a temporary 8,000-seat stadium built last year to host The first game “Field of Dreams”. It is located next to the corn and diamond field where the 1989 movie was filmed and where visitors can still Take a tour of the buildingIncluding the farmhouse familiar to movie fans.
While the 2021 game featured the New York Yankees against the Chicago White Sox, whose infamous 1919 squad figured prominently in the film’s plot, the presence of the Cubs this year created a natural association with Carrey.
Given that the Reds were technically the home team, Fox Sports had what it was describe it As an “animation recreated” by Caray, leave it to the audiences in attendance to declare their rooted and rooted interests. After the song ended, the virtual announcer said to the audience, “Boy, you’ve never sung better in your life!”
“This is about paying tribute to what makes baseball iconic,” Brad Zager, Fox Sports executive producer, said in a statement. “We hope this moment will allow parents to tell their children what it was like watching Harry Carrey, or what it was like to listen to Harry Carrey lead the seventh floor singing at Wrigley Field, so that the next generation can understand and appreciate how much that means.”
“Everything about Field of Dreams is about taking our favorite aspects of baseball history and bringing them to life in the modern era,” Zager added, “whether that’s from the famous baseball movie or from the baseball game itself.”
A Fox Sports spokesperson confirmed to The Washington Post that Karai’s representation was not a hologram, as was widely referred to online Thursday, but “closer to augmented reality.”
Michael Davis, executive director of Fox Sports, said the network used “production partner cutting-edge technology that allows recreations of photorealistic animation” to deliver “a sincere tribute to Harry Carrey and his legacy as much as technology allows.”
Not all of the online reaction has been negative, but many have questioned why Fox Sports bothered to do so. Unofficial Twitter poll Conducted by Andrew Marchand, sports media correspondent for the New York Post, on whether people liked it, they found that the majority of respondents chose neither “yes” nor “no” but “that was really weird.”
Poll: Did you like the Harry Caray hologram from Fox?
– Andrew Marchand August 12 2022
Elsewhere on the platform, a common term among the joint evaluations was “scary. “
My therapist: [whispering] And is this Harry Karai hologram in the room with us right now?
– tipping (tipping_pitches) August 12 2022
Fox Sports was much more consistent earlier in its TV broadcasts when it used the voice of the recently deceased broadcast legend Finn Scully. When viewers were shown scenes from Kevin Costner punctuated by great moments in baseball history, the longtime Los Angeles Dodgers announcer was heard reading the “People Will Come” speech originally given by James Earl Jones.
The movie was also well evoked before the match, when Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr., were the first Father and son are known to have played together in MLB (Later done by Tim Raines father and son same feat), appeared for a cornfield outside the playing field for a game of catch. The Reds and Cubs players also took to the field, accompanied by former stars in the team such as: Billy Williams of Chicago, Andre Dawson, Fergie Jenkins, Ryan Sandberg and Lee Smith; and Johnny Bench and Barry Larkin from Cincinnati.
When the match started, the Cubs jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first half, and they kept getting 4-2 win over.
One has to assume that Karai would have been pleased. His semi-anthropomorphic version sure looks happy enough, even if his looks aren’t universally accepted.
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