Brooks Koepka (second from left) and Joe Buck (center) met up at the All-Star Game.

Fox announcer Joe Buck’s misidentification of U.S. Open winner Brooks Koepka’s girlfriend Jena Sims as his ex-girlfriend Becky Edwards was one of the funnier broadcasting bloopers recently, even with Buck later playing it down by saying “I’ve done way worse things than this…before the age of Twitter and clickbait.” Funnily enough, we now have a follow-up to this story, as Koepka was at the MLB All-Star Game Tuesday, and decided to visit Buck and company in the booth:

There seem to be no hard feelings, judging by Koepka’s tweet:

And Buck wasn’t necessarily wrong to later downplay the mistake. They got bad information (Koepka’s Wikipedia still had his ex listed, as did other sources), and did eventually correct it on air (albeit several minutes later). Who an athlete is dating isn’t the most important story in the world, either. But it was an embarrassing moment for Fox.

It’s interesting to see that Koepka (second from left above) doesn’t seem to hold a grudge about it, though, and it’s good that Buck is able to laugh at himself, from this tweet to mentioning other on-air mistakes he’s made (including calling former MLB infielder Tony Womack’s wife his mother) to telling stories of his bad experience with marijuana to appearing in Brockmire and uttering some rather graphic lines. That self-awareness and self-deprecation is part of Buck’s growth as a broadcaster, and it’s why many of us view him more favorably than we used to. Keep it Brockmire, Joe.

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  • motruba

    Unforced error-if Joe hadn’t felt it “necessary” to say her name, and had said nothing at all, or had just said “Koepka’s girlfriend,” the embarrassment would never had happened, and no one would have felt sleighted. The incident only occurred because the compulsion to provide unnecessary details about athletes’ personal lives led him down that road. This is an ongoing problem either with Joe or his producer, creating the feeling among many fans that he talks incessantly and needlessly, leading to his frequent gaffes-to be fair, someone feeds him the info, but he chooses to say it.
    During the All Star game, Joe commented that he was glad to see Paul Goldschmidt come to bat one more time, (paraphrasing here) not because he wanted to see him bat again, but because he had additional “Stats” that he had wanted to mention. If memory serves, he said something inappropriate last year at the U.S. Open, when the trophy was being awarded to Dustin Johnson. I can’t recall the details, but it was another unnecessary and smarmy comment. He just seems compelled to make comments. Both he and Jim Nantz also seem to want to give the impression they have personal relationships with every athlete and their family members. Not only does this come off as disingenuous and self serving, but it sets them up for the mistakes that plague them and make them look silly and fawning. Unforced errors.