Joe Buck's move from Fox to ESPN signaled the end of his run as the play-by-play announcer for the World Series. He called the Fall Classic from 1996 to 2021.
Buck appeared on this week's edition of the "Sports Illustrated Media Podcast" to discuss his first year calling ESPN's "Monday Night Football."
While on the podcast, Buck was asked if he missed calling the World Series this year. His answer to that question may surprise some fans.
“The honest answer is no, which made me really happy,” Buck told Jimmy Traina. “I watched a lot of Game 6, some of Game 5 of the World Series. I really kind of latched on to the Phillies team. I liked watching them, and there were times in those big moments, like a Bryce Harper home run, I was like, ‘Damn, I wish I was there to call that.’
"But those moments are packed with a lot of stress and prep and travel and all. There’s a lot that goes into those moments. I was watching Game 6 with my wife on the couch in our house because I’m friends with Joe and I wanted to see Joe and John [Smoltz] and I wanted to see the end of the World Series, and I just caught her a bunch of times kinda looking at me out of the side of her eye like, ‘Are you OK over there? This is the first time in 22 straight years you’re not calling the last out of the World Series.’"
Buck said ESPN approached him about calling an MLB game for the network this season. He passed up on that opportunity.
Since Buck is no longer a part of Fox, Joe Davis and John Smoltz will lead the network's MLB coverage.