Those trying to match up Vin Scully’s call of the Dodgers-Braves opener to their NL Division Series on KLAC-AM (570) to the pictures provided by TBS tonight became a time-warped, mind-bending exercise, depending on the uncooperative cable or dish provider in question.
Some with DirecTV couldn’t get the audio from a home entertainment center radio feed closer than 10 seconds ahead of the video. Others had it the opposite experience, especially if they, as many were, still in their office space when the 5:30 p.m. game started and they tapped into their MLB.com app to pick up the Dodgers’ flagship radio.
What to do? Open it up to social media, for starters.
If you have postseason.tv and download NexDef, use the DVR function to synch things up, suggested Harry at LACordCutter. Go to XM Radio and synch it up with your DVR and it’ll work quite nicely, offered Jim at p368241.
If we could insert the radio antenna into our toaster oven, hit the browning mechanism and wrapped tin foil around the whole operation, with our cell phone charger as a conduit, we’d have been apt to try it.
Some were confused why they couldn’t go to the KLAC website to hear the audio feed, but that was also explained on Twitter: You needed to subscribe to MLB.tv.
As a last resort — or, something to consider doing first next time — send an email to a well-placed source at KLAC and ask politely.
We’ll call it an act of God in order to have the voice of Scully come within at least a second or two closer to what we had been experiencing.
It came with a verification on KLAC’s Twitter account at about 8 p.m.: “We’re here to please Dodger Nation.”
Because, by that point, having Scully available to describe playoff baseball is a treat that should not be missed.
It was easily a situation set up where sound could have trumped vision.
As soon as Scully came on the air and before the first pitch was thrown, Scully was already enthralled by the noise generated by the Atlanta crowd, particularly the war chant as they did the border-line insensitive tomahawk chop.
“Listen,” Scully simply said, then backed off as the crowd filled the speakers. “I haven’t been here in years but the thing I never forget is that chant.”
There was the option of flipping over to KSPN-AM (710) to hear Dan Shulman and Orel Hershiser describe the game — much better synched up to the video. But, honestly, why?
Scully, unrestricted by a simulcast that is included in his usual first-three innings of radio work and left to his own devices without having to put captions on a Dodger telecast, was able to weave the crowd in and out as an ongoing theme Thursday, noting how it ebbed and flowed as the Braves quickly found themselves falling behind and unable to catch up.
As the Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez connected on a third-inning home run, Scully noted: “And you’re not going to hear the crowd now. It sounds more like a library. The crowd has been taken out . . . for now.”
Thankfully, he didn’t use the moment to explain a library.
As much as you might want Scully to be included in any TV broadcast, maybe we have it better this way. Scully, just on radio, is where the master has control of the canvas. Close your eyes and enjoy.