[UPDATE: Of coooourse the heartless souls at MLB are plundering David Freese videos on YouTube today so millions of people can't share and enjoy and watch and talk about how great their sport is]
I enjoyed that.
I know you hate Joe Buck (I don’t), but you need to put that aside for a moment. His call of David Freese’s walk-off home run last night was one of the most perfect you will ever hear.
We will see you tomorrow night.
I’m just old enough to remember the 1991 call he was channeling: Game 6, Braves-Twins, Kirby Puckett hits a walk-off home run to force a Game 7. Jack Buck, Joe’s father, on the call: And we’ll see you tomorrow night.
20 years and one day since that now famous call, which comes with a league mandate to be featured in every baseball history highlight reel, Joe got a chance to re-imagine his father's call, this time for the hometown Cardinals.
[Buck told Deadspin that the call is "always there"]
Jack and Joe Buck called Cardinals game from 1954 through 2008, when Joe began to focus on just his national television duties (and his awful talk show). As unbiased (or not) as Joe tries to be, make no mistake– he’s a Cardinal guy.
Last night, he was presented with identical set of circumstances that his dad was in 1991: game tied, home team needs a win to force Game 7. Freese, who, like Puckett, took part in some earlier heroics, stepped to the plate and, like Puckett, hit a walk-off home run to center field. This time, Joe made the call… for the team he and his father narrated for over 50 years.
If you don’t find that at least a little bit cool, you don’t have a soul.
Last night’s game was the equivalent of rebound sex for Phillies fans, anyway. We might not really care for either team, and will probably go back to being sad today, but for one night, it was glorious and we were able to move on. Even if it wasn't the same.
Besides, our ex was whoring out his phone number on Twitter:
*I have no idea what he was doing, or if that was his real number. But, apparently, some folks actually spoke with him. So… yeah– Shane Victorino gave out his phone number on Twitter. What a weird night.