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McCarver, Buck seeing it all
10/23/2004 7:48 PM ET
BOSTON -- Joe Buck and Tim McCarver, broadcast partners during six World Series beginning in 1996, have watched -- or, in McCarver's case, played -- enough baseball to know that nothing is impossible in this game.

But after calling the American League Championship Series for FOX, they can still marvel that anything can happen, and in terms of the Boston Red Sox's comeback against the New York Yankees, anything, and everything, did.

"My general feeling is one of fatigue," Buck said of the postseason, prior to Game 1 of the World Series between the Cardinals and Red Sox on Saturday at Fenway Park. "There are times every night Tim and I look at each other and just kind of roll our eyes, like, 'wow, here's another one.' They just keep piling up."

The World Series is bound to spark more of those moments, and the two FOX announcers wouldn't be surprised to have a few more nights where they shake their heads and ask, "did that just happen?"

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"It happened with the balk the other night (in Game 3 of the ALCS), with Ramiro Mendoza stepping off the rubber and then throwing the baseball," Buck said. "That's the beauty of baseball. You can never pick who's going to win.

"It's always up to the pitcher that night. It's impossible to handicap. The Yankees were literally three outs away from sweeping the Red Sox, and it all turned around on a leadoff walk. The most nothing of things changed the fortunes for each team. that's why the game is so great."

McCarver, who played 21 seasons from 1959-1980, admitted the ending to the ALCS was one of the most dramatic events he's witnessed.

"It's history in the making," he said. "You don't know it at the time, when you're doing the game. You think, well, (the Red Sox) won a game. They prolonged the series. The next night they won a game, they prolonged the series. Then they go on to win it. It was pretty special."

Both agreed the Cardinals-Red Sox World Series matchup is a good one, from a talent standpoint as well from a fan base perspective. Both teams are considered to have top-notch offenses, as well as the best fans in baseball.

"I think that's one of the remarkable things about this series," McCarver said. "While they're not two arch enemies pitted against one another, they're two such glorious, traditional franchises, with their own heroics and their own great players. Before it's over, you don't know whether a rivalry will be spawned or not. You just wait until the games take place."

Because you never know what's going to happen, especially in October.

"I think the reason in postseason that things change so quickly is the pressure on the field," McCarver said. "Ramiro Mendoza never did that before (balk) and he'll never do that again. But because of the pressure of the moment, everybody is saying, what in the world is he thinking? It makes players do things that they wouldn't normally do.

"That's part of the fun of postseason play, to see how they react and see that term of 'stepping up' and all of those tired terms that everybody's used to in series like this."

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