These are both great. What a game.Meanwhile, I've had friends and family tell me they saw me on the BBC - first time that's ever happened, to have been seen randomly by people back home. So that's obviously awesome. The whole gold medal game aired in its entirety on the BBC's interactive Red Button coverage, but extended highlights also aired about 5:15 p.m. yesterday - this includes almost all of my big calls during the game:
(The only exception is the crazy Michelle Moultrie catch off Ichiguchi against the wall at the end of the 2nd inning - Leah was making a point as the pitch was delivered and couldn't exit her thought until the ball was 3/4 of the way to the wall, so although I adapted well and made a good call under the circumstances, I understand why that wasn't really usable.)
Meanwhile, BBC's prime-time highlights show also featured this - parts of this guy's introduction to softball for (British) dummies strike me as genuinely funny:
To see "Commentator: Darren Kilfara" as a graphic at the start of these highlights packages is so gratifying, I can hardly tell you. (And funnily enough, this shorter highlight reel features the extended version of my call on Janie Reed's HR-saving catch, whereas the other set of highlights doesn't - I was very pleased with the "claw back" double.)
FWIW, my call of the final out is actually growing on me. I like its staccato brevity, and how I emphasized "Gold again", which was the point of saying it that way - not just winning gold, but defending their title. Oh, and I'm really pleased that some of what I said during the medal ceremony was actually used in the first reel - I looked up the medal table during the ceremony and noticed that Japan's 10th gold medal put Japan ahead of the USA in the standings (as per the non-US calculation whereby the number of golds is the first determination, not the overall number of medals), so I went with it, and it plays out in that clip pretty beautifully.
Japan vs DR baseball today sounds like it was awesome as well, I haven't seen any of the highlights yet but did hear my main man Muramaki Munetaka of the Yakult Swallows had a big hit during the 9th inning comeback. His is a name to remember, he's still just 21 and he crushes.