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New game formats and limit staff can cause some pre-game issues. An example from Pittsburgh.

Not that many people would notice (since no one is attending), but it is interesting to see how the limited staff and formatting for games can cause hiccups.

Here the Pirates started the anthem without the teams lined-up. Typically the pomp and circumstance of the moment leading to the anthem walks players, staff and fans into place. Without the standard formatting elements can come out the the blue catching people by surprise.

This was part of an exhibition game and the problem will likely work itself out quickly, but it is a effect of the stripped down format.

The Pirates have an excellent game operations staff.  We have done two in-game review from Pittsburgh. You can see those here:

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