Sunday, June 19, 2005
On a more cheerful note, Joe Buck really got in his jabs at Tim McCarver's inordinate amount of Jeter-worship in the Yankees-Cubs game. Grunherz54 over at Sons of Sam Horn had a transcript (which saved me a hell of a lot of work - thanks Doug!):
Joe Buck: Now, obviously, you're talking about one of the best (Jeter) leaders in the game today, somebody who is just a winner, and somebody who - when he came up in his rookie year in '96 - just had that look about him like he'd been here before. Jeter has been one of the most consistent players in the game over the past nine years.
Tim McCarver: At the risk of going ga-ga too much, I mean, this guy is thoroughly hip. He is about as hip, to use that young expression, as there is any player in the game. He's tough, he's rugged, he is a winner, he's a guy who makes the big plays, and he has four World Series titles to his credit.
JB: Clearly the two of us are thoroughly in love with Derek Jeter.
TM: Ah, c'mon! I knew, see, when I say 'at the risk of going ga-ga' I knew that you would point out that I was going ga-ga.
JB: Well I was over there too, I was in Ga-Ga Land, too. (With a broadcaster tone dripping with sarcasm.) He's a winner, he's a born leader, this is a live Yankeeography...
TM: (Laughs uncomfortably)
JB: ...24 home runs, this handsome, debonair, swashbuckling...
TM: Quit it!
JB: ...last guy to wear number 2 for the Yankees hit back in 1999. HE is Derek Jeter and HE is out. One away here in the third inning.
TM: Cut it out. (More forced laughter.)
JB: Somehow Glendon Rusch got him to ground out. And here's Womack. Ga-ga land is shut down for Tony Womack. The rides are closed.
So Joe Buck makes some atonement for bearing the demon phrase "slamma-lamma-ding-dong" into the world. And I have no idea what Tim McCarver thinks "hip" means.
I read somewhere that when Jeter got his grand slam shortly thereafter, Buck invited McCarver to go back to gaga land and he refused. He must have been wicked embarrassed. Good. (I initially typed that as "gag land." Hee.)
As for "hip," all I can think of is the famous SNL line: "He looks like the Rock has sex with a muppet!"
If Joe Buck was smarter, he'd have done that during a Sox/Yanks game and would endear himself forever to all Sox fans across the country.
In the '04 WS coverage on FOX, Tim kept going on about Jeter, A-Fraud, & Steve Carlton, in Game 4.
BTW, Tim is still broadcasting Game 4 of the World Series.
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