My Shot With Joe Buck

It's Time To Talk Golf: The voice of Fox, Joe Buck, shares stories from a lifetime in sports.

Released on 5/5/2015

Credits

Starring: Joe Buck

Transcript

00:01
(gentle acoustic guitar music)
00:05
When my dad was driving me to spring training
00:08
the year I started at Triple A baseball in 1989,
00:13
he drove me to spring training
00:15
and we had, obviously, a lot of time to talk,
00:18
driving from St. Louis to Florida.
00:20
And he was not a guy that was really heavy-handed
00:23
with his advice.
00:24
I think that's why he and I got along so well,
00:26
and why I could be his broadcast partner
00:28
for as long as I was, I mean,
00:29
for almost 10 years we were broadcast partners.
00:34
He let me find my own way, but he said a couple things.
00:36
He said, First of all, listen to your own stuff back,
00:39
and make sure you're not falling into the same rut
00:42
of constantly describing something the same way
00:45
over and over, you're smarter than that.
00:48
And the crowd deserves better than that.
00:51
I find myself now, with the U. S. Open four months out,
00:56
five months out, six months out,
00:58
just going through the different calls
01:00
and trying to put words to the action that I'm seeing,
01:04
because that's what I do for a living
01:06
and that's what I'm gonna try to do with Fox
01:10
and the U. S. Open coming up.
01:14
But as far as on the air, he said,
01:15
Unless you feel like you could have made the play
01:17
10 times out of 10, you can't get on these guys
01:21
from the broadcast booth, because it's hard.
01:25
And that was in Triple A baseball.
01:30
Now I've never tried to hit Roger Clemens' fast ball,
01:34
I've never tried to field a ground ball
01:36
hit by Derek Jeter, or Dustin Pedroia,
01:39
but I have played golf,
01:40
and I've played golf with PGA tour players,
01:42
I've played golf with buddies,
01:44
and I know how hard this game is.
01:48
So I know that from the booth I'm going to realize
01:52
that these guys play this sport at such a higher level.
01:58
I've been out there with them.
01:59
I know, I've seen it first-hand
02:01
that I know I can't do what they're trying to do
02:04
10 times out of 10.
02:05
I realize how hard it is, and thinking of my dad,
02:09
I think fairness is the best way to go.
02:12
Realizing these guys are trying to make a check,
02:14
trying to earn a living playing a game
02:17
that's so difficult to play.
02:19
I get it, I've tried it, and I'll broadcast accordingly.
02:23
(gentle acoustic guitar music)
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