Get To Know Your YES Studio Crew, Part 2

Waiting out this rain delay, I imagine this is what it’s like for folks
with a desk job who say, “I got caught up on paperwork today.”…except
my desk job isn’t really a typical desk job, and my paperwork is really
Blobwork…so, with that, I give you….(insert drumroll here)…

Get To
Know Your YES Crew, Part 2 !!  It’s been my stated goal to introduce you to the great people I get to work with here at YES…We previously met Camera #3 operator,
Paul Ferrigno…now, welcome to The Blob, Camera # 2 operator Chris
Luppi !  (Cue studio applause)…Note in the pictures, Chris is the
“long arm of the law” when it comes to camera operators…he works the
jib camera, which has a long extension arm which he can move all over
the studio…

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Nicknames: Mr. Big (Original nickname), Loop, Looper, Christian (his given name), and Christo (when he’s working on set design)

Lifer (so far):  Chris is a YES Network original, plucked from the NFL Sunday Ticket studio, which was run out of here, by our own Supervising Producer Woody Freiman.  His entire career encompasses studio camera work, field ENG (electronic news gathering) and work as a lighting director.  Note the weights on the handles of his close-up shot.  Those are about 250 lbs. of counterweights to offset the camera and arm on his jib camera…and he has to wrangle with that about 300 or more times a year.

Which Leads Me To… What Chris likes to do in his free time.  He’s at the gym nearly every morning, throwing around the iron, surely in part to move the jib around so deftly…Chris is a man’s man, so he ain’t doing any Jazzercise classes when he gets to the gym!  He also likes home improvement projects (working on a new deck and firepit combo), photography, hiking, fishing, hunting and hitting the open road on his 2004 Harley Davidson Fat Boy…Chris knew he was going to get one when that model debuted in 1999, and lo and behold, 5 years later he dropped the dime and put one in his garage.

You Went Where?!  Chris has traveled the world for his work and seen a lot…all over Europe, Central America, the pyramids and Sphinx in Egypt…even Africa, where he covered the Sudan Civil War.  I asked Chris if his life was ever in danger, and he said once…he was in southern Sudan with the People’s Liberation Army, and they encountered incoming shell fire from government forces…I had a similar life-or-death experience…I tripped on a microphone cable at the ballpark and nearly fell head-first into a dugout!  Good Grief, Looper!  Glad to have you back home!

Let Chris Be Your Tour Guide  Now, Chris isn’t an “all work, no play” kinda guy when he’s out…He loves to travel, experience different cultures and cuisines…among his favorite places, Rome and Venice…being Italian, that had to top his list, right?!…and maybe tops on his list is Lago Maggiore, in the Italian Alps north of Milan.  Chris has a lot of family there on his mom’s side…I asked him if he ever enjoyed any wine while he was there (knowing full well the answer)…and he gave me one of the best lines ever…

“We Italians have a saying…’We only drink wine twice a day.  With our meals, and without our meals.’ ” CLASSIC.  It’s so good that I’m gonna try to use a modified form of that and apply it to my Czech heritage.

Food Finale  I gave Chris no choice…one meal for the rest of your life…he picked pasta with his mother’s sauce (red sauce, homemade…she’s Italian, fer cryin’ out loud!…meat sauce).  As for the catered food here, he said…”anything Italian”…what’d ya expect?!  Pork rinds?!

Incomplete Resume
  Chris has piloted glider planes, so cross that off the list…but he says he would like to direct some documentaries and maybe an independent film.  As for his life resume, he says he’s still looking for Mrs. Right…but while that search continues, he’s also looking for Mrs. Right Now…not kidding…he said it with a glint in his eye.

That’s Chris for ya…or should I say…Mr. Big?

8 Comments

John Flaherty just said you probably went home for five hours during the rain delay. Set him straight on the next in-studio update, Bob.

Bob ,
Love the YES crew they’re the greatest ! Thanks for the great job they do.
If I have a complaint its about John Flaherty. Does he HAVE to talk non-stop the entire game ? He was a terrible player and I’m sure most fans are aware of that ; he talks frequently about things that are either wrong or obvious to any baseball fan. How about letting us watch the games with a little less chatter from him ? The rest of the gang are great . Especially Cone and O’Neal !
Ron

Bob ,
Love the YES crew they’re the greatest ! Thanks for the great job they do.
If I have a complaint its about John Flaherty. Does he HAVE to talk non-stop the entire game ? He was a terrible player and I’m sure most fans are aware of that ; he talks frequently about things that are either wrong or obvious to any baseball fan. How about letting us watch the games with a little less chatter from him ? The rest of the gang are great . Especially Cone and O’Neal !
Ron

If I have a complaint, it is when Fans bash announcers on Blogs, particularly when the statements are flawed. There is a way to state your opinion without being disrespectful or rude.

Bob, thanks for all this behind the scenes stuff. Cool to see what goes on.

I think Chris looks a bit like Michael Kay.
agree/disagree?

Max. . you are right! (Bob. . we need side by side head shots!)

Love the behind the scenes stuff! Chris has quite the ‘resume’. . impressive. I am going to use his saying too. . no modification needed. I’m Italian. 🙂

Other than flaming him as a “terrible player”, I see nothing wrong with the posters critique of John Flaherty. John does tend to ramble on at times, expounding upon dry, boring subjects. However, John Flaherty has a good voice, good delivery, and presents himself in a professional way. So, my opinion is, “less is more” with John. Other than that, he is good.

Speaking of critiquing, just last night I replied to a critique of the SNY post game commentators, with the following reply:

“I agree. Lee Mazzilli was better than Bob Ojeda. Likewise, Matt Yallof over the boisterous Chris Carlin.

Darryl Strawberry? For some reason, he’s the one I’d rather listen to. Darry might actually be the best of the bunch, which still isn’t saying much. Actually, the whole mediocre crew makes me think of Julie Alexandria, because her, I could watch!

All of them, however, take a back seat to Bob Lorenz and the Yankees post games.

Too bad the Mets were not fortunate enough to have Lorenz as the anchor, because he would have been ideal. ….along with Nancy Newman of course!!”

Ed from Staten Island

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