Don't expect Fox to make a big production of analyst Tim McCarver broadcasting his 24th and final World Series. McCarver doesn't want a big send-off, and the network apparently is going to grant his wish.
“I think the emphasis should be on the Series and the players involved,” McCarver said in a conference call Monday. “I'm obviously elated that I have lasted this long. I'm tickled to death to be doing this last series.”
McCarver said he would most miss working with play-by-play announcer Joe Buck, his partner for the past 16 years.
“He's one of the best friends,” McCarver said. “He is the best in the business in a very short time, starting in 1996 when he was only 26 years old.”
Buck said he also will miss working with McCarver.
“I'm probably more sad than he is, to be honest with you,” Buck said. “He and I have not talked about it much. ... I will miss the times away from the booth as much as the times in the booth.”
Previewing the series, which begins Wednesday night when the St. Louis Cardinals face the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, McCarver said he expected this matchup to be different from when the teams met in the 2004 World Series.
“No team in baseball would've beat the Boston Red Sox in 2004 once they came back and won the Yankees series like they did (being down 3-0 in the ALCS) and having to win four games in a row,” he said. “It's different because the Cardinals can match the Red Sox hitters with young pitchers in the bullpen, and the list of terrific players are on both sides — guys who are respected by their peers. How can you respect anybody more than Yadier Molina or Dustin Pedroia? Both are the blood and guts of their respective teams.”
Buck said, “There are two teams that don't quit. And two teams that play the game fundamentally well. What else can you want? This is as exciting a matchup as I think we've had in the 16 times we've done it.”