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SBD/Issue 198/Sports Media
Change Of Tune: Fox' Joe Buck Claims He Rarely Watches Baseball
Published July 3, 2008
|Buck Says He Rarely
Watches Baseball On TV
REAX: ESPN’s Skip Bayless said Buck’s comments “made me wonder, ‘Is Joe Buck something of a fraud?’” Bayless: “He’s telling me he no longer loves the game I thought he loved all the way to the bottom of his soul. This is Fox’ national baseball voice … and for him to make that confession, even if it was (done) sarcastically and to say, ‘Oh, I do watch ‘The Bachelorette,’ I don’t want him doing my Fox national game of the week anymore. ... If I’m (MLB Commissioner) Bud Selig, I don’t want him being my national voice of baseball.” Detroit News columnist Rob Parker said, “If I’m Bud Selig, I pick up the phone today and I call Fox and say, ‘Please, I want a guy who loves baseball. Can we hire Bob Costas?’” (“First Take,” ESPN, 7/2). AWFUL ANNOUNCING's Brian Powell wrote, "FOX's national voice for Baseball openly admitted to not enjoying the game he covers, cramming for weekend matchups, thinking that the games are too long and that the game just isn't the same. Unbelievable" (AWFULANNOUNCING.BLOGSPOT.com, 7/2).