Joe Buck created some controversy this week when he told Colin Cowherd on ESPN Radio he doesn't watch all that much baseball.
The primary voice for "Fox Saturday Baseball" said, "From baseball's perspective, you think about what you're asking people to invest their time in, when these games take forever. TV's a part of it, but certainly the strike zone is in my estimation, and length of games and guys stepping out and guys stepping off the mound. By the time you get to the sixth inning, if you're watching every minute, you put two-plus hours into the thing. It's just a lot to ask of people in this day and age as far as sitting down and watching a sporting event."
He added, "That's just not part of my day, it's not part of my night, and I'll be honest with you, watching 'The Bachelorette' is."
Buck has been lauded many times as "the greatest broadcaster of his generation." I'm not sure these comments allow him to qualify any longer. The least baseball fans can expect when they walk their sport on television is someone who actually enjoys the game.
Buck talks the talk when he's on the air, but in interviews, such as this one, he's extremely sarcastic. Now I enjoy sarcasm -- and employ it -- as much as the next guy, but Buck carries it too far sometimes, even for someone who enjoys humor as much as I do. It's hard to fathom that someone whose father is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame would express such a loathsome attitude toward the sport.