The 2020 National League Championship Series was one of the most insane postseason series that you will ever see. The Dodgers had to come back down 3 games to 1 and pour it on the Braves to make it to the World Series. Luckily for Los Angeles fans, they got a treat in Game 7.
The normal broadcast for the NLCS consisted of Joe Buck and John Smoltz. When the NLCS got to Game 7, Buck had to leave to cover an NFL Sunday broadcast. That left the Dodgers play-by-play man Joe Davis to cover the game for FOX.
As great as it was for us, it wasn’t all fun and games for Davis. He talked about the experience recently on the Big Swing podcast with Ross Stripling and Cooper Surles. For Davis, his worry was that Dodgers fans wouldn’t like him as much if he had to call a Braves win.
Thank god it went the way it did this year. That game 7 of the NLCS that I did, which was a dream come true for me a career highlight getting to do that game. Had the Dodgers lost that game the way that they won that game, and maybe this is overblowing it, but I would think that that would potentially be damaging to the way Dodgers fans feel about me. Even just subconsciously.
As strange as it might sound, there might be something to that. I am thoroughly convinced that Dodgers fans’ disdain for Joe Buck stems from the fact that he has called the games in which our hearts have collectively been broken the most. Then again, Joe Davis is just such a likeable guy in general, I don’t know how anyone couldn’t love him.
Regardless, the Dodgers won the series and then the World Series, so we’re good Joe.
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