Joe Buck Inadvertently Refers to Cardinals 17 Times During Game 2 Broadcast
October 24, 2008
(Tampa, FL) – The Fall Classic is underway, and it brings us many things: drama, the crack of the bat, absurdly long commercial breaks, games that last until 2 a.m., and of course, the announcing duo of Tim McCarver and Joe Buck.
The two have become synonymous with the World Series in recent years, and they are usually both excellent. Well, except McCarver.
But last night, it was Joe Buck who struggled with the basics of announcing.
During Tampa Bay’s big Game Two 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies, Buck was noticeably distracted, and consistently erred when referencing the National League champion Phillies.
“The Cardinals are set to take the field here in the bottom of the first, and it’s quite a defense they have,” Buck said early in the broadcast. “Phillies, that is. The Phillies are taking the field.”
And just a half inning later:
“The Cardinals have always had a lot of pop in the middle of that lineup, so you’ve got to be careful. Did I say Cardinals? I mean Phillies, of course. The Phillies won the NL this year,” Buck self-corrected.
But there were several occasions where Buck did not correct himself at all.
“After this game, we’ll be heading up to Busch Stadium in St. Louis for Game Three, and it looks like it’s going to be a tied series. And the Cardinals are very good and very dangerous at home.”
In all, Buck erroneously referred to the Philadelphia Phillies as the St. Louis Cardinals 17 times during the course of the broadcast, and reportedly did so another 11 times in an un-aired post-game segment.
Buck also twice called Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard by the name Ryan Pujols, and Phillies manager Charlie Manuel by the name Charlie Manuelussa. And in a moment not quite perceptibly captured by Fox audio, it sounded as though Buck referred to beloved mascot, the Phillie Phanatic, as the “St. Louey McCrazynal.”
Unconfirmed reports claim Buck also said his goodbyes for the evening with a statement that “I’m heading home to sleep with my wife, the St. Louis Cardinals.”