“Losing his Father”. Natch.
Buck weighs in on the debate of who is the true home run king in baseball: “I mean the home run king, to me, is Hank Aaron, but statistically, it’s Barry Bonds.” Buck continues: “I just look at it as almost two different records, two different times in the game, and it doesn’t upset me like it does others.”
In 1996 at the age of 27, Buck was the play-by-play announcer for his first World Series. He discusses his discomfort leading up to the broadcast: “You always feel like you’re going to get exposed as some fraud.” He remembers thinking: “Am I really ready for this? Am I capable of doing a World Series… I don’t feel like you ever really feel totally comfortable with that.”
As the son of Hall of Fame broadcaster Jack Buck, Joe has faced charges of nepotism throughout his career. And even after having surpassed his father in the number of World Series he has broadcast on television, Buck still feels the specter of his father’s accomplishments and the perception that he only has the job because of his last name: “I’m my dad’s kid, and I’m still, right or wrong, fighting that uphill battle, and I’m not saying that makes sense. I mean my dad didn’t hire me at FOX… but it certainly gave me my start, and I think I’m always kind of fighting that.”
Posted: September 25, 2012 at 04:24 AM | 34 comment(s)
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