Let’s face it, as Dodgers fans, we are spoiled. Our team employs only the best at everything: scouts, medical staff, stadium personnel, and most notably, our broadcast team.
From Vin Scully all those many years to the current treasure of Joe and Orel, let’s face it, we have been treated to the very best.
With Vin for many stories years, it felt like watching a game with your Dad or Grandpa, and a Joe and Orel broadcast over the last few years has become a party you’re attending with your buddies. They have all made the bad games worth staying up for, and the memorable moments that much more special.
Which brings us to the postseason, and the polarizing topic of that other October mainstay known as Joe Buck calling World Series games on FOX.
It’s the reality of MLB broadcast rights that postseason games will be handled by other networks, and FOX has been and will be doing the World Series for the foreseeable future.
So what exactly is it about Joe Buck that turns off so many Dodger fans?
On this off-day, as we try to keep our minds busy before Game 6 of the 2020 World Series, we asked our Dodgers Nation readers this very question.
A newbie baseball friend asked “why do fans hate Joe Buck so much?”
Aside from his the usual twitter banter….. what would be real, unbiased (try your best) reasons he stirs up so many negative emotions amongst baseball fans? pic.twitter.com/GaBdiZqFgH
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) October 26, 2020
Many fans – even new listeners – feel there he has a bias to the other team and doesn’t even try to hide his disdain for the Dodgers:
My father in-law is new to the Joe Buck/John Smoltz experience and asked me why the are so bias
— Joshua M. Johnson (@JoshuaJohnson86) October 26, 2020
Others have expressed that He talks about the same players or storylines too much…
I think that he calls inconsistent games when he calls baseball. In my opinion he often has players/storylines he really likes and talks and highlights them to the detriment of the game as a whole. He also seems to like to talk up the “underdog” and pound the favored team.
— The Lamb (@lambkd) October 26, 2020
…that he gets excited too easily…
To me is because he yells about everything, there can be an infield single with 2 outs in the first inning with nobody on and he'll yell out "AN INFIELD HIT AND THE RAYS HAVE A MAN ON BOARD!!!!!!"
— Andrés Alvarado (@aalvarado1983) October 26, 2020
…or that there is just too much chatter in general:
He talks too much. Calls TV games like a radio play by play. He’s much better with Smoltz than he was with McCarver, though.
— Matty K (@KMattyReal) October 26, 2020
There is also a belief that he is just not enough of a baseball fan:
He’s clearly better at football than baseball, there are so many better baseball announcers available. He speaks about his thoughts too much, not about what is actually happening or the players story lines. When he does actually give game/player analysis, he pushes his narrative
— onthegrillwithgil (@onthegrillwgil) October 26, 2020
Of course, we must always give credit where credit is due:
Giv him credit last night he called out the Astros as the cheaters they are. He isn’t the great @Joe_Davis but he isn’t the worst
— RS (@CRA_Recruiter) October 26, 2020
My own personal theory is that as Dodgers fans, we are so protective of our Dodgers that we cannot stand any bias – perceived or real – against our boys. We’re the ones putting the time in, pouring our heart and soul into attending or watching games, so we genuinely feel that we know more about our team and don’t like it when someone else becomes the voice of baseball for the national audience over the last few weeks of the season.
I also suggest that there may be a case of a very specific Pavlovian response happening here. Since he has been doing this for so long and is the only constant voice of postseasons past that many Dodgers fans know, we only associate his voice with postseason series’ that our team has lost. Regardless of what’s happened leading up to it, his has been the last broadcasting voice we’ve heard as we have headed into the off-season for many years now, calling the last out of a series won by a team not named Dodgers.
I can’t wait to test out this theory once we have all heard the sound of him calling the last out of a Dodgers World Series victory. You may just change your mind about how his voice makes you feel.