It might not be the popular opinion, but I thought Joe Buck called a phenomenal Game 6. Sure enough, Game 6 itself was better than phenomenal, but Joe Buck did a fine job (mostly by not detracting too much from the game’s significance). Buck capped the game off in walk off style, too — by paying homage to his father, the late Hall of Fame announcer Jack Buck, by calmly saluting the viewers with the same, “We will see you tomorrow night” call, which is considered by many as one of the best in all of baseball.
Sticklers on time and days be damned, in 1991 while calling Kirby Pucket’s Game 6 walk off home run that forced Game 7 of the World Series, Jack Buck probably couldn’t conceive the notion that ‘tomorrow night,’ 20 years later, his son would, in a similarly thrilling game, with similar consequences, honor one of his calls. Well, Joe Buck did, with the old man watching from upstairs, and it was perfectly fitting if you ask me.
Here’s Jack Buck’s call 20 years ago yesterday:
20 years and a day later, like father like son, here is Joe Buck’s call of David Freese’s Game 6 walk off home run that forced Game 7 of the World Series:
Tender moment right there.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to call my dad and tell him I love him.
UPDATE: To be clear, I’m well aware that Buck likes to pay tribute to his father with “we’ll see you tomorrow night” (or “later tonight” in the 2004 ALCS) whenever he can. I don’t see anything wrong with that – in fact, it’s kind of nice. But I thought tonight’s was particularly cool because of the similar circumstances, almost exactly 20 years later.
[videos via Jimmy Traina]