The “SportsCenter on the Road” initiative kicked into high gear for the 2015 SportsCenter Spring Training Tour. This time, instead of being on site for one major event, the crew, in some form or fashion, made stops at all 30 Major League Baseball spring training sites in 10 days across multiple time zones.
It was a massive undertaking, but the SportsCenter and Baseball Tonight teams, from production executives to on-site producers to commentators, were willing to do what it took to document two weeks of spring training for baseball fans across the country in fun and informative ways.
Two key behind-the-scenes ESPN staffers who made this tour possible – Fernando Lopez, Baseball Tonight coordinating producer, and Justin Havens, Baseball Tonight senior researcher, shared their thoughts on the SportsCenter Spring Training tour.
“My highlight was being at every single camp. In 10 days we were at 30 camps, which was great. We saw great images, vibrant footage and moments,” said Lopez. “More than anything, I think it developed a lot of good will for ESPN and SportsCenter to attend every camp. I think it was a big home run.”
Said Havens: “The highlight for me was that we were able to bring the players’ personalities to the viewers. That’s one of the things people talk about – that they don’t know baseball players – so from Boston Red Sox, Miami Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates camps we were able to show personalities and our commentators did a great job of bringing that out.”