Joe Buck pays tribute to Jack Buck
Well, as John Sterling might have said, "That's baseball, Suzyn."
Or, as Jack Buck might have said, "I don't believe what I just saw."
Oh my goodness gracious. Game 6 of the 2011 World Series elevated what had been an interesting Fall Classic into, well, a classic, and MLB, Fox and fans everywhere have been rewarded with a Game 7 for the first time since 2002.
The coolest part of Thursday night/Friday morning from a media scribe perspective was, of course, Joe Buck's tribute to his father, Jack, in which he said as the game-winner cleared the fence in the 11th, "We will see you tomorrow night," just as Jack did at the end of another walk-off, Game 6-winning home run in 1991.
Overall Buck and Tim McCarver were solid throughout. My biggest nitpick was their failure to discuss and analyze the awful route Nelson Cruz took to what might have been the game-ending catch in the ninth.
Speaking of Buck, Fox made a strange decision Thursday in distributing comments on Fox Sports Radio in which he defended Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa in the wake of his Game 5 bullpen messup.
Said Buck: "There is no way you can tell me that years from now when somebody looks back, the story will be who came out of the bullpen in the eighth inning. The game was tied! This is not what cost you the win. That's just baseball. To blame that on the phone system and LaRussa, that's just crazy."
Buck's position is questionable, at best. But the fact the Cardinals were involved only will give ammunition to those who accuse him of bias in favor of his hometown team - or at least its long-time manager.
Anyway, it was a heck of a night for those of us who stayed up to the finish, and it takes a prominent place in the pantheon of great Game 6 moments.
I remember my mother nagging me about staying up so late for Carlton Fisk's homer in '75, and being at Shea Stadium for the craziness in '86, and sneaking away from a wedding reception in Nashville to catch Joe Carter's moment in '93. Now this.
Baseball lives! We will see you tonight.