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McCarver Gets Video Tribute, Praise From Partner Joe Buck During Final MLB Call
Published October 31, 2013
APPRECIATING THE MAN: FOXSPORTS.com's Ken Rosenthal writes of McCarver's retirement, "For those of us who work with him closely, the moment is difficult to accept." He is "not ruling out broadcasting in the future, and I suspect we will see him again soon," but the "loss for Fox -- and for baseball -- will be big." Fans who "harp on this comment or that from Tim miss the point," as anyone who "speaks his mind for more than three hours straight on live television is going to tick off someone, particularly when he sticks around for nearly a quarter-century and works every major event in his sport." McCarver is the only baseball analyst who has worked for all four major networks. Rosenthal: "I’m sure Fox will replace Tim with someone younger, but good luck to that analyst trying to match Tim’s work ethic." He is a "treasure, Fox’s treasure, baseball’s treasure." Rosenthal: "And dammit, I’m not ready for him to say goodbye" (FOXSPORTS.com, 10/31). YAHOO SPORTS' David Brown writes McCarver is "going to be missed -- no matter if you liked him or not." Most fans "probably like" McCarver and Joe Buck, as "it's unlikely that Fox would pair them for so long if all of the feedback was all bad, like it seems on social media." While "never reaching the level of popularity given someone like John Madden in football, McCarver often was a divisive figure for similar reasons." With a "folksy and friendly style, McCarver tried to simplify the game for viewers." No matter what you "thought of his work, he still deserves our respect as a person." Brown: "Happy retirement, Tim McCarver" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 10/31). The NEW YORKER's Roger Angell wrote McCarver "will be grievously missed." McCarver and Buck are the "primo pair in sports broadcasting, with their only possible rivals being Buck and Troy Aikman covering the NFL for Fox." The McCarver-Buck pairing "often feels more like a trio, because Tim’s intense, intelligent, deeply informed, excitable, verbose, folksy, intellectual, opinionated, and morally fervid participation in the events on the field inexorably takes hold of you, the listener, and pushes you into the adjoining seat, where you can almost feel McCarver’s jostling elbow and feel on your arm and elbow the heat of his eagerness for what’s coming next." He has been the "exception, the strong flavor, in a profession too often marked by blandness and cliché" (NEWYORKER.com, 10/30).
TWITTER REAX: SI.com’s Richard Deitsch wrote having interviewed Buck "many, many times, I can tell you his goodbye to Tim McCarver was totally genuine. Endearing moment. ... Growing up in New York, Tim McCarver felt revolutionary as an analyst on the Mets broadcast. I know many won't miss him. I will." ESPN’s Buster Olney wrote, "Some really classy words from John Farrell to Tim McCarver. Pretty cool that he remembered to say that." ESPN Senior Communications Dir Bill Hofheimer wrote, "Kudos to Fox on that tribute to Tim McCarver. Really well done. End of an era." FoxSports.com's Jimmy Traina wrote, "I know I'll get killed for this & I know Twitter loves to shit on them, but that was a very nice, real moment between Buck & McCarver."