Startribune.com digital sports editor Howard Sinker used to cover the Twins and now shares season tickets with friends in Section 219 of Target Field. He blogs about baseball from the perspective of a long-time fan who loves the game, doesn’t always believe the hype and likes hearing what others think. Howard sometimes talks about sports with Cathy Wurzer on MPR's Morning Edition.
"If there's a walk-off home run, will Joe Buck say: 'And we'll see you tomorrow night"?
A few minutes later, when David Freese pounded his home run to center field, Joe did just that.
In my social media circles, some people were very worked up that Joe had pirated his father's call, which has become so entwined with the 1991 Game 6 home run that Kirby Puckett hit at the Metrodome to send that version of the Greatest World Series Ever Played to a final game.
While I'm not going to share specific responses, suffice to say that one of the words sometimes used rhymed with Buck.
Here's a link from the Sporting News to Jack Buck's call followed by Joe Buck's.
My initial response was that I thought it was a bit tacky. I thought Joe should have been good enough to come up with his own line, or at least put his call, somehow, in the context of what happened 20 years ago. (I'm sure announcers love having people tell them what to say -- or what they should have said -- in the same way that writers get second-guessed about the words we should have used.)
That being said, I liked the game-ending ESPN radio call by Dan Shulman, who is so underrated that it's ridiculous: "One of the most remarkable, improbable baseball games you will ever see."
And that being said, I think we need to ease up on Joe.
I'm not annoyed anymore.
As possessive as many of us are about Puckett's moment, I think it's better not to dwell on it. After a shortened night's sleep -- Thanks, baseball -- I think we should accept that Buck was paying tribute to one of his father's most legendary calls and be OK with it.
The call was passed down from father to son, and from one of the most memorable home runs in World Series history to another.
Of course, when some of the TV guys started talking about this year's Game 6 as "the greatest World Series ever played," that's total @#$%^&in' garbage.
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