In a recent column for the Chicago Tribune, Paul Sullivan listed seven things he’d like tinkered with to improve the 85th annual MLB All-Star Game, which Fox will televise on Tuesday from Minneapolis (Channel 11, 4:30 p.m.).
Skipping down to No. 7: Have Vin Scully call the game for Fox. We get enough Joe Buck on baseball and NFL games all year. It’s time to honor the best there ever was.
Buck, in a refrain he’s sang several times before when this topic has come up, would be among the first one to second that emotion.
“Personally, I could consider (yielding to Scully) a career highlight,” Buck said this week. “I once did a radio game with Ernie Harwell when I was about 3 years old, did a game with my dad (Hall of Famer Jack Buck) when I was 4. Getting a chance to say I was a part of a broadcast with Vin and hand over my headset … you’re talking to a guy who gets it and knows that generation of broadcasters. I’m in that age bracket. I realized back when I heard him and Joe Garagiola do the Game of the Week, and I realize now how brilliant the man continues to be to this very day. It would be awesome today (to have Scully come into the Fox booth), but I don’t get the sense he’s jumping to get involved.”
True enough. And that’s what we’ve focused on for the column we’ve pieced together for Friday’s editions.
In addition, we shall note:
== The St. Paul Pioneer Press uncovered Scully’s call of the 1985 All-Star Game, which was played at the old Metrodome.
== So how did Kevin Kennedy work his way into the Dodgers broadcasting rotation and still not get on SportsNet L.A. yet?
== Extensive All-Star coverage on the MLB Network will extend to off-days before and after and include a special on the 25th anniversary of the movie “Field of Dreams” taped recently in Iowa with Kevin Costner and Dwier Brown (see the recent column we did on Brown) that airs Thursday at 5 p.m., the All-Star Futures Game (Sunday, 2 p.m., with Matt Vasgersian calling it), the Triple-A All-Star Game (Wednesday, 4 p.m.) from Durham, N.C., and an hour-long special called “Mr. Baseball: Bob Uecker” (Thursday, 4 p.m.), narrated by actor Tom Berenger, one of the stars of the Uecker-filled movie “Major League.”
== For your World Cup broadcasters in review, check out the Deadspin.com Screamer.
== How Univision got more females involved in the World Cup viewing parties.
== Your latest local sports team is called the Los Angeles Reign, they flex their muscles in the National Pro Grid League, and NBC, which once brought you the XFL, thinks it has something here come October.
== And extended thanks again to Ed Sherman for posting this item on ShermanReport.com to catch everyone up on what’s been going on the last couple of months here.