Red Sox, JOE, Yankees discussed on The Corp
The rain wouldn't stop and they called it and we got to pick back up the next day was game one and that kind of calmed me down I. Just I had an extra day to kind of sleep on it by the time I got to the park I was pretty relaxed, and then you start doing it and like anything else once the game. Starts you just go do what you know how to do and you get through it but I was I was nervous I was frightened of being exposed on a big stage. Have you ever done a top four Mount Rushmore a baseball series that you called I'd be interested in to to know maybe the most memorable maybe not the best like from a Fan's perspective but the most memorable for you personally. Why I think that, would you know I know my rushmore? They're all pretty evenly spread out but I it's hard to replace or. Usurp to give you the word that came to mind for some odd reason, your first time doing it on a national stage. Ninety six for me and there's a lot of things going on Joe Torre. Was the manager there I had grown up around him. He was friends with my dad when I was a little kid. He was playing poker in our basement with my dad and now he's a manager of the Yankees and there he is and they're winning my dad's alive. I'm calling him after the last minute of the broadcast after game six and I'm talking to. Him on the phone about it, and it was kind of like the passing the torch Greek picture because my daughter, my oldest child Natalie was born in ninety six and there's a picture of my dad holding my newborn daughter on his chest watching TV and it's macarbre May. Our faces on TV. So it was like three generations and he's just watching an Amman which was nuts because I spent my whole life watching him do all this stuff so. Just. Personally speaking, there's nothing like that. Oh four with the Red Sox was unbelievable two, thousand sixteen with the cubs for the historic nature of it and everything that happened in this country since they had last won in one, thousand, nine, hundred eight and then I think two thousand eleven for me those are the four. Two Thousand Eleven, the cardinals winning not just Becau- yes Saint Louis and all that. But because I had gone through a paralyze vocal cord that year I thought my career was over I'd been through every kind of therapy. It finally started to come back and David freeze hit that home run in game six to force game seven and my voice was Kinda back to normal and it was kind of the end of the most trying year my life divorce and everything else that was going on. Those are the four that I think stand out to me. That's solid. That's a solid four and I have to ask, Alex I, know that. The ties you guys together the Oh four series. Joe When you're calling that series at what point did you feel like things changed because that's never happened before team coming back down three Oh. At what point were you like Ooh this feels different than maybe some of the other series you've called where team goes up three Oh and gives up one game and then they sweep you know they finish them off for one. It felt different right after the last pitch of game seven. Before that you were just waiting and I think you know I've talked to Bill Simmons about I've talked to a lot of red. SOx. Fans you know with the history you just kept waiting and and I think history by the way. Is the great eraser of a lot of. Anxiety for that Red Sox team when Kevin Millar says Oh you know it just took one just took one game and then you get another those guys they were defeated these the Yankees pounded them in game three at Fenway Park and it just looked like a runaway and it was almost like this things over but let's just see and they were what within a hand swipe of a tag on Dave Roberts stolen base of being swept four games to nothing and instead they ended up winning that game game four and then winning the next three so I think any red sox fan or anybody covering it was going this series is so no know where. Is were sitting there at Yankee Stadium for game seven that anything could have happened. So did it switch share, but the momentum was all over the place and it was just hard to get a finger on it although game seven was a bit of a blow out from what I remember. At Yankee stadium in favor of the red. SOx. Joe. You talked about your vocal challenges Mike Okay had something similar. At, what point do you take yourself visualizing the future? Without I mean, you've had such a stellar career for so long NFL PGA World Series. Super. Bowls. What is Joe? Buck? Did you allow yourself to go to a place of like what do I do in my life? I was a mess. Neurotic every. Every time I open my mouth, which meant that I stopped really opened my mouth and talking to anybody. I became. Really. Unwilling to make phone calls didn't talk to any of my friends. It was hard to order coffee at starbucks. It was I was talking like this and he couldn't get loud sound like Dr Fao g now I sounded like it was over I sound like it was dying and inside I kind of was because I was always you know I never had thought about my voice i. was always worried about what I was going to say, not how I was going to say something and when the shifted from I don't even care what I'm going to say how the hell am I gonNa make a loud enough sound that over this crowd and a big moment when you can't keep air in your in your lungs because it's just escaping because one vocal cords paralyzed. It's it just shakes you to your core. So I every day I thought this is it and it took family friends, Steve Horne, who you know who I work with I can't tell you how many times I turned to them after doing the on camera at the beginning, I wouldn't steve this is. What we can say on this podcast this F, and over this I'm done I'm telling you right now I am done and none no, you sound fine. You got more than just your voice you got things to say and he takes people in your circle to keep going and then eventually it started to come back. And it was okay by the end of that world series but man it was. It was unlike anything I had been through before and unlike anything I've been through since I'm glad I went through it I think I have more of an appreciation for for what I do for a living, but it sucked. Yeah you're also probably glad you went through because the hair plugs, right? Yeah. I mean like. This. luscious. Main at what point are you? Okay to joke about that by the the way the hair plugs. or You not am I am I still early on that? Oh? No no no I mean that's why I wrote a book. I mean I think the best thing I ever did. was. Open up about all that, and then the funny thing is, as you know, Alex knows and when you come out with your memoir. When they're promoting it take the most crazy sentence that has no context in it. Whatsoever some joke joke joke joke joke about hair plug hair plug hair plug, and then it's like I guess you could say I became addicted to hair plugs, which was a joke because I'm talking about how painful the most painful thing of all time and that's the quote that gets shot around the Internet and I'm people go. You're an asshole you're addicted addicted hair plugs like people who are addicted to real things like. I'm no I'm not. You'd be insane to be addicted to the most painful thing. You could ever go through. You have to imagine that like, of course, the Internet's going run with it. I remember seeing the quote. Joe Buckle. Must losers voice because he was addicted to hair plugs and I'm thinking Most broadcast like your dad would go out for beer after a game, you would go to the fucking hair plug place and be like me up like..