Calling 162 games every year is not an easy thing to do. That’s 500 hours (give or take) of talking non-stop about the same topic. While you get to cover some great games, you also have to cover the really shitty games. I gotta give credit to Buck – in my opinion, he does a good job. Sure, the BOWTEESTAH’s get annoying after a while, but such is the case when listening to someone talk for a long time.
I teamed up with Vince from BuckBlunders.com to find some of the best/worst of Buck. If you don’t know about the site, it’s a catalog of all of Buck’s fuck-ups. He gave me a ton of material to work with so shoutout to him. So here you go, the Buck Martinez soundboard:
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Buck goes through various stages of grieving after hearing of his 25th place finish in FanGraphs crowdsourced broadcaster rankings, while Pat, as always, looks about as sharp as a bag of wet hair (though not Buck’s hair, which I assume must never get wet).
FanGraphs released the bottom third of the broadcaster rankings they began crowdsourcing for back in November, and– lo and behold!– the Jays TV combo of Buck Martinez and Pat Tabler slot in at number 25.
Interestingly, they were the most voted-on broadcast team in the Majors, by an evil margin– something I’m going to totally attribute to the DJF bump– with 414 ballots cast, while the next-highest was the Dodgers, with 322.
Perhaps more interestingly, Carson Cistuli’s analysis of the reader input pretty much nailed it. “It seems, generally, that Toronto fans much prefer the radio broadcast of Ashby and Howarth — and regard Martinez as probably a slightly above-average color (or, uh, colour) man doing play-by-play work,” he writes. Um… bingo.
The pair received 2.8 out of five, overall, with a 2.7 for analysis and a 2.8 for charisma. They beat the Phillies, Braves, Rockies, Cardinals, and Dodgers (away, non-Scully) teams– and, of course, the insufferable White Sox crew.
Images via the Blue Jay Hunter