For Pete's Sake

Joe Buck will call the Royals-Blue Jays ALCS

Sportscaster Joe Buck.
Sportscaster Joe Buck. The Associated Press

Bear with me, because I want to start with a story.

In 1991, I had a friend who was a Minnesota Twins fan and another who was an Atlanta Braves fan. As it turned out, those teams met in the World Series. During the Series, each of them told me separately that they hated the TV announcers because they were clearly biased toward the other team.

That’s a preface to this: Fox and Fox Sports 1 are broadcasting the American League Championship Series between the Royals and Blue Jays.

The game coverage will be done by Joe Buck, Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci. Yep, Joe Buck.

Last year, Royals fans were furious with Joe Buck, thinking he was far too enamored with Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner. Looking back now, can we agree that Bumgarner’s performance really was amazing? So naturally, Buck had plenty to say about Bumgarner.*

*Admission: I didn’t watch any of the broadcasts

Still, Royals fans didn’t want to hear about it...

Former Royal Raul Ibanez will be part of the pregame and postgame shows (from Los Angeles) along with host Kevin Burkhardt and Max Scherzer, Pete Rose and Frank Thomas.

UPDATE: A petition was started to remove Buck from the ALCS.

Rob Riggle, one of the Big Slick stars, wasn’t on board:

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff