October 28, 2011
When he called the winning home run that David Freese(notes) of the St. Louis Cardinals hit in Game 6 on Thursday night, Fox broadcaster Joe Buck paid homage to his late father, Jack Buck, along with another classic World Series moment.
Sometimes understated is best, and working for CBS-TV in 1991, Jack Buck offered one of the great understated game-winning calls in Series history when Kirby Puckett of the Minnesota Twins beat the Atlanta Braves in Game 6 of the Series with a home run in the bottom of the 11th inning. The call included the famous phrase:
"And we'll see ya' ... tomorrow night."
Another commonality with the home runs was analyst Tim McCarver, a partner for both generations of Bucks. Earlier in Thursday's broadcast, McCarver alluded to the Twins-Braves game of 20 years ago, and when Freese connected in the 11th, Buck was ready to utter a virtually identical phrase:
"We will see you ... tomorrow night."
Almost like father, like son — only Jack was a little more colloquial. Below, check out the calls of both home runs by both Bucks, along with a little audio switcheroo where Joe goes back in time to call Kirby's homer, and Jack gets to call Freese's contemporary game-winner:
It's not the first time the younger Buck has borrowed that phrase from his father, who died in 2002, but all things considered, there never was a more appropriate time to do so. It gave us one of Joe Buck's better baseball moments.
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