The ‘Buck’ Stops Here
I am presently taking in my first Blue Jays game of the year on Sportsnet. For those who don’t know, Buck Martinez has replaced Jamie Campbell as the game caller of Blue Jays baseball this year. For those who do not watch baseball or have not watched a Blue Jays game on T.V. yet this year, Buck is really bad at his new gig!
For those who don’t know, Buck Martinez was a catcher for the Blue Jays back in the 80s, then he was the colour guy for the Blue Jays on TSN about 10 years ago, then he was the Blue Jays manager, then got fired, then got hired by some other team, then got fired again. Now, as previously mentioned he calls the games for the Blue Jays on Sportsnet.
These are the reasons why Buck Martinez is bush at calling Blue Jays baseball. First and foremost, he sounds like an idiot with a limited vocabulary constantly bumbling over his words like he just had a stroke. Second, Buck is from North Carolina and you can clearly hear it in his voice! Combined with Pat Tabler who is from Ohio but sounds like he is from Texas, it sounds like a couple of yokels broadcasting to their Canadian audience. That said however, I’m sure most people from my home town can’t hear the accents and just assume that both of them are from Atwood! Third, I find it amusing that Buck asks Pat to explain what certain terms mean, like sitting on a pitch. Here I am thinking to myself, “Weren’t you a major league manager last year Buck? Also, weren’t you a big league player for several seasons? Shouldn’t you know what sitting on a pitch means?” Then I think to myself, “Could this be why you are not a manager anymore, because you don’t know what sitting on a pitch means and therefore never told your players to do so?” Figure it out Buck! Lastly, Buck is not a broadcaster and does not have a broadcaster’s voice. He has a colour guy’s voice and the mentality of a colour guy. It is incredibly boring listening to Buck and Pat drone on about nothing. If I wanted to listen to two colour guys call a sports game, I would clone John Madden and put both of them on the mic together. Then we could listen to two funny guys bumble and drone on about nothing!
I need to point one last thing out because it just happened and it was hilarious in an analytical kind of way. Pat is the colour guy and should therefore be the expert and provide analytical insight into the game. I mentioned earlier, that Buck was asking Pat dumb question that he clearly knows the answers to. However, in the sixth inning, Pat started asking Buck basic dumb question about what a player was thinking at the plate. It’s like they were playing good cop bad cop and flip flopping roles throughout the process, except in this case it would be smart broadcaster dumb broadcaster. Looks like it’s going to be a long year for Jay’s fans in more than one way!
P.S. Great crowd tonight! Way to go Toronto!