It’s baseball season, which means people remembering they hate Joe Buck

ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 28: Broadcaster Joe Buck in broadcast booth before the game. The St. Louis Cardinals host the Boston Red Sox at Busch Stadium for Game Five of the 2013 Major League Baseball World Series, Oct. 28, 2013. (Photo by John Blanding/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 28: Broadcaster Joe Buck in broadcast booth before the game. The St. Louis Cardinals host the Boston Red Sox at Busch Stadium for Game Five of the 2013 Major League Baseball World Series, Oct. 28, 2013. (Photo by John Blanding/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) /
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Joe Buck is this generation’s voice of baseball, whether they like it or not.

Each year, there’s a sweet spot in the baseball schedule we always forget about. It’s a grace period between Opening Day and when MLB on FOX ramps up its coverage. It’s the time of year we remember that Joe Buck calls these games and basically everyone hates him.

Buck is the voice of sports, basically. He’s the main play-by-play for NFL on FOX and works his summers calling the biggest baseball games the network has to offer as well. He also pulls USGA duty, but let’s not get into that right now. Buck was back calling baseball on Saturday and people remembered how much they loathe it when that’s the case.

Especially when Buck has to call Yankees games.

Few times are casual baseball fans more entertained than when the mutual hatred of Joe Buck and Yankees fans mix together in real time. That was what happened on Saturday, in a perfect storm for Buck-Yankees hatred.

We had all the ingredients:

  1. Buck was calling a Yankees game
  2. The Yankees were getting hammered
  3. The reason was a pitcher everyone in the Bronx already hates (Sonny Gray)
  4. Buck was not kind about the Yankees getting hammered
  5. Mike Trout did most of the hammering

The supernova of hate that exploded out of that concoction was a thing of beauty. Basically, everyone was either upset that Buck was talking too much about Shohei Ohtani, too much about how the Yankees were playing terrible, or not enough about either of those two topics.

It was glorious.

It wasn’t all hate, though. Some enjoyed Buck’s surprisingly alright impression of his former color commentator Tim McCarver:

Then there are others who have endured Buck so much over the years that they’ve been Clockwork Orange‘d into liking him.

Ahhh, baseball is back. What a time of year.