When I moved to Yakima in July of 2013, I remembered that the city had a professional baseball team — the Yakima Bears. I knew that because I had seen them play a few times while growing up in Spokane as the two teams played in the same league.
A short-season Class A affiliated team, the Bears were going to be my summer entertainment. Until I went to Google their schedule and noticed that they had moved to Oregon. Oops.
So last summer went on without baseball — such is life. Like a lot of Yakima residents, I wasn’t sure when America’s pastime would return here. The answer to that question would prove to be the summer of 2014.
The Yakima Valley Pippins were the new team in town, an unaffiliated college summer league team. The name is a throwback to Yakima’s first professional sports team by the same name.
With the start of this franchise, we had an interesting idea at the paper — do a behind-the-scenes video series in the week leading up to opening night. Interviews with ownership, management, players and coaches would tell the story of this franchise’s start.
After the announcement of the logo, schedule, roster and jerseys — it was time for the players to show up and start practicing. The problem is that the team began their preparations three days before opening night.
That left a short window to get all of the footage I needed, including practice shots and interview set-ups.
But luckily, the organization was more than helpful in setting up everything I needed and giving me full access to everything — from the field for highlights to inside the locker room pre-game.
We produced three video packages, one on the management of the team, one on the background of the players and one on opening night — which was on a Friday.
That next day, the narration scripts were written and recorded, and the pieces were edited and placed onto a custom-designed webpage. A 24-hour turnaround for 15 total minutes of produced video.
Needless to say, there was an abundance of coffee involved.
The above piece is the first in the series. The rest can be found here.