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Shut the Buck up, will ya?

I’m not a huge sports fan and I didn’t catch the Royals bug until the wild card game last year. But that team – and this one – man, there is just something about ’em. Their joy is infectious. They love the game so much that you can’t help but love them right back. Unless you’re Joe Buck.

Throughout the ALCS and now the World Series it is clear that Joe Buck can’t stand Kansas City or their team. And that’s fine … unless you’re an MLB broadcaster and your job requires you to watch the games and present unbiased commentary. I don’t know enough about baseball to know all the drilled-down statistics and frankly, I’m not interested. But when it is obvious to a casual fan that the commentator is rooting for one team over another, that’s a problem, Joe. I noticed that when a Royals player got a hit, it was because he got lucky. And yet when the other team got a hit, it was because that player was an unstoppable hitting machine. Error for the Blue Jays? No, the field was slippery. Error for the Royals? Obviously he should have made that play.

Wednesday night, there was a play to first base – and forgive me for not being enough of a baseball nerd to remember who was batting – and Eric Hosmer stretched to reach the ball and his foot came off the base. Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci were discussing whether or not the player was out. They were discussing it because it wasn’t actually clear from two angles. Then they showed another angle and everyone saw it. I thought Buck was going to scream and/or cry during their discussion. He said, repeatedly, “It IS CLEAR his foot was OFF the base. You’re looking at the WRONG ANGLE, it’s CLEAR. He’s SAFE!”  Relax, for God’s sake! But I have a feeling had the Royals been at bat, it would have been CLEAR that our guy was out.

I don’t know anything about Joe Buck, so I looked him up and what I found pretty much explained everything. He grew up near St. Louis and his father was (or is? I don’t know) the Cardinals announcer/broadcaster person. So it’s an intrastate rivalry grudge. Hey, Joe, are you still pissed that not only did your Cardinals lose the series lead, but got destroyed in game 7 in 1985 by a score of 11- 0 and lost the World Series? Is that it? Well, that was thirty years ago, Joe, and you were about 16. So maybe it’s time to grow up a bit, hmm?

It’s not that he’s dogging the Royals. The other two broadcasters with him are fine. According to Buck himself*, people think he’s biased because they are used to their local broadcasters and don’t understand the objectivity of a national broadcast. I call bullshit and will ignore the subtle insult.  I have never heard – ever – one of the Royals local broadcasters say anything disparaging about the other team. Not once. If one of ours makes a mistake, they say it. If one of theirs makes a great play, they say that, too. So it bothers me that a national broadcaster is allowed to be so biased against one team.

When Fox lost the feed and had to go to the international broadcast for a while – that was the sweetest 20 minutes of my life. And it only highlighted how much of a jackass Joe Buck has been during these games.

It’s fine to be a Cardinals fan, Joe. But your team isn’t in it this year and that had nothing to do with the Royals. Maybe you could be happy for a small market team? No? Too soon?

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*Buck attributes this to the fact that most fan bases, especially Major League Baseball fans, are used to hearing local announcers and not those working national broadcasts:[21] “Fans are used to hearing their hometown guys. When you come at it objectively, people aren’t used to it.”[22]

Saracevic, Al (October 23, 2012). “Fox announcer Buck says he isn’t biased”. sfgate.com.