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'We play loud'? Oh, please don't

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By John M. Crisp

If you watched much of the recent seven-game World Series between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros, you probably saw a short Major League Baseball video promoting the 2019 playoffs.

The video begins with black-and-white scenes of old-time baseball, from, say, the 1950s. It depicts the fans quietly observing the action on the field or occasionally rising to mildly applaud their favorite players. During the first few seconds of the video a kid, baseball glove at the ready, slumps on the railing in front of him, looking positively bored.

Suddenly, present-day ballplayers are superimposed in color on these ancient scenes. The Yankees' Aaron Judge takes a mighty swing and high-fives his teammates. The black-and-white crowd in the background seems to come to life.

Other modern ballplayers make their time-travelling appearances. They leap, dance, gesticulate and throw celebratory vats of Gatorade on each other. They seem to awaken the stolid fans of the '50s from their stupor. The message at the end of the video: "We Play Loud."

And, indeed,........

© The Korea Times