Along with being one of the best in the
business, (Tom) is also a great friend who knows and enjoys the games he covers.
The information contained within these pages has to lead any reader to a greater
understanding of a tough, fun business that both Tom and I love. Enjoy!
- Joe Buck, Fox Sports
Besides knowing the ins and outs of the
truck and camera shots, what separates Tom as a great director is the fact that
he has played the game professionally and he anticipates many of the plays before
-Mike Shannon, St. Louis Cardinals Legend and Broadcaster
When baseball fans walk up to the stadium,
they pass right by the large tractor trailers. Little do they know what
goes on behind those doors: the hectic, change-by-the-minute, brilliant world
of baseball on TV and the people that make it happen. It's a world with
low lights, bright monitors, and people who love the game so much they
toil anonymously to bring it into your home night after night for six months.
One person has to call every shot, every replay, every graphic: the Director.
Climb up those metal stairs, swing open the heavy door and enter the world of
Tom Mee, one of the best in the business. It's baseball, and any sport,
like you've never seen it before.
-Bob Carpenter, 25-year Major League Baseball Announcer
Tom Mee is not just a TV guy working in
baseball; because of his own professional playing experience, he is a baseball
guy working in TV. When Tom is directing Cardinals games, he not only takes you
into the dugout, he takes you onto the field right into the middle of the action.
This book will also take you into his mind during a ballgame. You will be fascinated
by all the details that go into a telecast!
- Pat Hughes, Radio Play-by-Play, Chicago Cubs
I’ve called hundreds of baseball
and hockey games with Tom in the truck and I guarantee that nobody knows how to
direct a telecast better. In today’s revved-up world of high-definition
TV, it takes a razor-sharp mind combined with deep knowledge and love for the
game to present it to demanding audiences.
No audience is more in tune with its team than that of the St. Louis Cardinals;
Tom’s incisive “cutting” of the game has helped make those memorable
telecasts among the highest rated in all of baseball.
This book is must reading for serious fans as well as those who teach or study the fine art of directing live television. Grab this book and really get into the game!
- Doug McLeod, TV/Radio Play-by-Play Announcer