When Major League Baseball needed to solve the problem of silent stadiums during the COVID-19 pandemic, the league looked to the iPad. To provide simulated crowd noises during the 2020 season, MLB used 30 iPads — one for each team — that were loaded with crowd reactions. But, as Sports Illustrated points out, getting the sound right is harder than it seems. “You’re a conductor of sorts. You’re controlling a symphony,” said Amelia Schimmel, Oakland A’s ballpark entertainment executive producer.
My favorite tidbit with this is just how much thought into the details were. Baseball isn’t always fun to watch, but reading about things like this behind the scenes is a joy.