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Fox Seeing Dip For MLB Primetime Package; McCarver Set For Final Call In St. Louis
Published June 21, 2013
ST. LOUIS SWAN SONG: In St. Louis, Dan Caesar notes Fox' Tim McCarver is "set to make his final scheduled St. Louis broadcasting appearance on Saturday." McCarver said, "My whole professional life was formed here, and in many ways my personal life, too, being so close to (my hometown of) Memphis. Nothing takes the place of my memories of St. Louis." But Caesar writes viewers should not "expect a bunch of personal commentary on the air Saturday night from McCarver." Fox' Joe Buck said McCarver would be "uncomfortable" with a farewell tour. Buck: "That wouldn’t be him, he’s not that way. ... He doesn’t want confetti, anyone talking about this. We’ve talked about this a million times -- if he and I are walking into a stadium and get hit by a bus, they’re still going to play the game and it’s still going to be on. He knows the focus is on the field and not in the booth." Fox Senior Exec VP David Hill is "sad to see McCarver leaving." Hill: "He is, quite frankly, one of the best broadcasters I've ever worked with. ... He is one of those unique individuals that makes you so proud to work in this profession, and he’s leaving huge, huge shoes" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 6/21).