25 years ago today was the Bay Area Earthquake that interrupted the World Series. This moment when it hits, and the broadcast goes out just as Al Michaels says “We’re having an earth…….” hit me hard as a film-loving kid.
It’s so cinematic. It’s exactly how a director might use a TV broadcast going out to ratchet up the tension, giving you just enough information to know what’s coming, but not enough to feel comfortable. Plus the way the picture and audio go in and out before dropping to static completely. It’s like a horror movie or a thriller.
It was the first time that real life felt like a movie, and I remember exactly where I was when I saw it: in my brother’s room, playing with Legos with the TV on. Rewatching the moment 25 years later, I’m not completely surprised to learn that I remember Michaels’ tone and words precisely as they really happened. My brain didn’t make it eerier than it really was. And it still gets my heart racing to watch it today.
(None of this is to downplay the lives and homes lost on that day. Just that the broadcast was the only link to it all for me, a kid in Texas. This is how it affected me, and continues to, as a cinematic moment in the real world)