You may remember the internet petition started by The Daily Stache a few weeks ago hoping to bring legendary Dodgers announcer Vin Scully back to the World Series booth. AA wholeheartedly supports giving Vin Scully the opportunity to announce one more World Series. Currently, the petition has over 7,000 signatures, so if you haven’t signed it yet, you can at this link. Well, it seems that you may be able to add one certainly influential and unlikely name in sports broadcasting to the list of people that want Vin Scully in the World Series booth.
Yes, believe it or not, one of the blogosphere’s least favorite announcers (and Joe Morgan Memorial Tournament favorite, his 1st Round matchup comes on the final day of Round 1 Tuesday), who just happens to broadcast the World Series on Fox himself, supports the idea of Vin Scully announcing this year’s World Series on Fox. Here’s the quotes from Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News:
“Personally, I’d love it,” Buck said the other day. “We’ve always toyed with the idea of having the hometown guy involved in a World Series broadcast. I’m from that camp. In my dad’s era, we paid a nod of tribute to the greats. And there’s no one like Vin, or close to Vin.
“I’d happily step aside to hear his voice (on the World Series). I would not fight that at all. That’s just how I grew up.
“As far as I’m concerned, he could be part of it every year. I’m not selfish. I realize who the game’s greats are, and I always defer to them – my dad (Jack Buck), Ernie Harwell, Curt Gowdy, Harry Caray. There are only a handful of guys who are as identifiable with their organizations as any player is.”
Plenty of baseball fans aren’t necessarily fans of Joe Buck the broadcaster, and we’ve been critical in the past, but even the most vocal detractors of him have to applaud Joe for publicly supporting Vin Scully and this idea. Joe obviously has an appreciation for the great announcers in the sport with his father Jack being another legend of the game. Vin Scully is in that same category and is arguably the greatest living baseball announcer. What better way to pay testament to his lifetime in baseball, and celebrate the history of the game and what makes baseball special by making this happen.
***UPDATE: We reached out to Fox Sports for a comment on this story and here is their official response:
“As the son of the legendary Jack Buck, no one respects the history of baseball more than Joe, so it’s no surprise that he’d be willing to share the World Series stage with Vin Scully, who like Jack, is one of the best that ever was. Having Vin join Joe and Tim for a few innings during the World Series is definitely something we’d consider if it’s something Vin would like to do.”
You heard it here first – Fox Sports will consider Vin Scully joining the World Series broadcast booth. This is a great development in this story. Realistically, a few innings or a game is what fans should expect from Fox and everyone involved. However, there is definitely a light at the end of the tunnel. Hope remains that we may be able to get Vin Scully in the Fox booth for at least a portion of the World Series.
Joe Buck on Vin Scully: Why not bring him in the Fox World Series booth? - Los Angeles Daily News