Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Our good friend Joseph has officially called his last Baseball game of the Regular Season. Whew, that seemed forever right? I mean he called a total of 9 games. Wait.....he only called 9 games this regular season???
Joe Buck ended his regular-season baseball schedule for Fox Sports on Aug. 4, having called eight games in 19 weeks and the All-Star Game, his lightest load since he was anointed the network’s lead major league baseball voice in 1996.I guess so. Thanks Richard Sandomir! So I guess the real question is whether or not FOX thinks Joe Buck isn't suited for Baseball anymore or not. What do you have to say for yourself Joe?
“If you or the casual fan doesn’t want to consider me the No. 1 baseball announcer at Fox, it’s not my concern,” Buck said yesterday in a telephone interview. “I don’t know why it would matter.”Well then. That was glib wasn't it? And why would it matter??? I dunno....you've only been shoved down our throats the last 5 years. So what's the reasoning then? Ed Goren, the president of Fox Sports explains that is the exact reason, “A year ago, people said we overexposed Joe by having him host the N.F.L. pregame show and do football and baseball. So the way I look at it is we’ve gone from overexposing him to underusing him.”
Why does it feel like the exact opposite of that then? Sandomir proclaims that FOX made Buck into a two-sport announcer and that he's used to him calling games with McCarver. He even goes as far as to say that Buck is "a witty and talented broadcaster".
Umm....Richard? Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Quiet. Don't give them any more reasoning to give him more airtime. I'll let it slide that you like Joe Buck, if you in turn stop giving him press. Deal?
The Voice You Don’t Hear on Fox Belongs to Joe Buck (NY Times)