It's hard to fathom why there's a bit of a backlash against Fox broadcaster Joe Buck's call of the homerun that ended last night's game six of the World Series.
If it sounded familiar, it was the same words Buck's father used to call Kirby Puckett's game-winning homerun in the World Series 20 years ago this week.
"Riding Daddy's coattails again," one commenter said on the Sporting News post of the call.
"He can't hold a candle to his father," another St. Louis fan commented elsewhere.
My view? It's in my tweet:
People in Minnesota feel a sort of ownership of that call because it's an important detail of one of the greatest MN sports moments in history. It's natural (at least for us Minnesotans) to feel a little possessive about the phrase, I think. Although I have come around to your point of view by now, I was irritated when he first said it.
I don't understand the big deal either way. It was neither great nor awful. It was simply the obvious call. It would have been weird if he didn't say it.
I didn't hear that phrase 20 years ago because I was at the game where Puckett hit the homerun and sitting not too far from where it landed. But I've seen the film footage dozens of times and I was watching the game last night when Joe Buck used the phrase. I know some people don't like Joe Buck's as an announcer, but really now, who cares. It was a nice moment in sports history. Buck paid homage to his father and, in a way, he paid homage to Kirby Puckett.
When I heard the call, I groaned "Oh no" out loud in my living room, even though I was alone. Then, instead of watching the celebration, I searched Twitter for [joe buck], just to make sure everyone agreed with me. In retrospect, I'm not sure either of those reactions were appropriate, but they both happened.
I'm not from Minnesota. My dad is still alive. I think the real difference is that I liked Jack Buck.
When I heard it last night, my immediate response was nostalgia to watching OUR game.
And I thought that anybody else who watched that one would also tie the games together as being similarly great.
And I thought that the announcer was intentionally making that connection as well.
I didn't know - or frankly, care - who the announcer was in either instance.
But learning now that it was Joe Buck father and son who made the calls, and the poignant irony of your message
MADE the words much more significant than a couple hours of entertainment ended by ball going over the fence in fair territory.
WCCO's Mark Rosen commented on Game 6 of the 1991 World Series on the 20th anniversary (Wed. night). This of course reminded anyone watching of Jack Buck's call.
When the Cardinals tied the game in the 9th I knew that if it ended in a walk off we would get that same call. I wouldn't have expected anything else. This was a chance on the 20th anniversary of that signature call to honor the memory of his father in a very public way while calling a win for the team that his father was the voice of for many years.
I am not a fan of Joe Buck, I think there are so many other great baseball announcers out there that should be announcing the World Series (Jon MIller, just to name one)....but Joe's dad Jack was one of the great ones....if there was ever a time when Joe could pay homage to his dad, it would be on a walk-off home run in a game 6 of the world series, it was incredibly appropriate and fitting, something only Joe could have gotten away with.
My only problem with Joe's call is that the timing and delivery sound forced. He obviously had the call in his back pocket, ready to go as soon as the ball landed, and clearly he's practiced his dad's cadence on the original call. Doing it as he did not only sounds unnatural, but just invites an unfavorable comparison with his father. If he had let the moment sink in, then delivered the line with his own voice, maybe with a wry smile or a laugh, I think it would have been more appealing to me.