28 October 2011

A Baseball Generation With No Sound Bite

It seems peculiar, given that we tend to think we live in an era of mass media driven by sound bites.  Yet it dawned on me last night while watching Game Six of the 2011 World Series that ever since Fox took over the broadcast of the World Series and All-Star Games, an entire generation of baseball fans have been denied the chance to have a singular sound bite represent their era.

Think of the most well-known gems from baseball broadcasts.
"The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!"
"I don't believe what I just saw!"
"Go crazy, folks! Go crazy!"
"There's a new home run champion of all time, and it's Henry Aaron!"
"The impossible has happened!"
What, of the last decade-plus, have either Joe Buck or Tim McCarver contributed to this pantheon of quotes?  The point was made clear last night when Buck called David Freese's dramatic walk-off home run in the 11th inning...by quoting his own dad's "We'll see you tomorrow night!"
"How do you spell, 'plagiarism'?"

2 comments:

  1. Tammy Oerther10/28/2011 9:14 PM

    I heard that on 101.7 on my alarm clock this morning. They played both calls back to back. Eerie.

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  2. It would probably have been a lot less eerie if you had known that Buck and McCarver had actually discussed his dad's original call earlier in the game. It wasn't serendipitous; it was laziness.

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