Sure enough, after the Cincinnati Reds got three quick touchdown passes from the Cubs in the top of the seventh, a short commercial break was followed by the sight of the Caray appearance. Presumably, the network used his real voice from some of the renditions of the signature song during his 16 years calling the home team’s games at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.
The setting Thursday was in Dyersville, Iowa, at a temporary, 8,000-seat stadium built last year to host the first game “Field of Dreams”.. It sits next to the corn field and diamond where the movie (1989) was filmed and where visitors can still tour the siteincluding the farmhouse familiar to fans of the film.
While the 2021 game featured the New York Yankees against the Chicago White Sox, whose infamous 1919 squad figures prominently in the film’s plot, the Cubs’ presence this year created a natural connection with Caray.
Given that the Reds were technically the home team, Fox Sports had what it described as Caray’s “recreated animation” leave it to the fans in attendance to proclaim their roots, rooted, rooting interests. After the song ended, the virtual announcer told the crowd, “Boy, you never sang better in your life!”
“This is about paying tribute to what makes baseball iconic,” Fox Sports executive producer Brad Zager said in a statement. “We hope this moment allows parents to tell their children what it was like to watch Harry Caray, or what it was like to listen to Harry Caray lead the seventh inning chant at Wrigley Field, so that the next generation can understand and appreciate how much it meant.”
“Field of Dreams is all about taking our favorite aspects of baseball history and bringing them to life in the modern day,” Zager added, “whether it’s from an all-time iconic baseball movie or the game of baseball itself.”
A Fox Sports spokesperson confirmed to The Washington Post that Caray’s representation was not a hologram, as it was widely referred to online Thursday, but something “closer to augmented reality.”
Fox Sports executive Michael Davies said the network used a production partner’s “cutting edge technology that allows photo-realistic animated recreations” to present “as faithful a tribute to Harry Caray and his legacy as technology allows.”
Not all of the online reaction was negative, but many wondered why Fox Sports bothered to do it. informal Twitter poll conducted by New York Post sports media reporter Andrew Marchand on whether people liked it found a majority of respondents choosing neither “Yes” nor “No” but “That was really weird.”
Poll: Did you like Fox’s Harry Caray hologram?
– Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) August 12, 2022
Elsewhere on the platform, a popular term among common ratings was “scary.”
my therapist: [whispering] and is this “Harry Caray Hologram” in the room with us now?
— Tipping Pitches (@tipping_pitches) August 12, 2022
Fox Sports was on firmer ground earlier in its telecast when it used only the voice of a recently deceased broadcasting legend. You Scully. As viewers were shown scenes from the Kevin Costner movie interspersed with great moments in baseball history, the longtime Los Angeles Dodgers announcer was heard reciting the “People will come” speech originally delivered by James Earl Jones.
The movie was also nicely evoked before the game, when Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr., the first father and son known to have played together in an MLB game (Tim Raines Sr. and Jr. later performed the same feat), appeared for the corn field beyond the outfield for a game of catch. Players for the Reds and Cubs then also took the field, accompanied by former team stars including: Chicago’s Billy Williams, Andre Dawson, Fergie Jenkins, Ryne Sandberg and Lee Smith; and Johnny Bench and Barry Larkin of Cincinnati.
When the game started, the Cubs jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, and they went on to gain. 4-2 to win
One has to assume that Caray would be thrilled. His quasi-holographic version certainly seemed happy enough, even if his appearance wasn’t universally well received.