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It wouldn't be a Fox broadcast without people getting mad at Joe Buck and Tuesday's All-Star Game was no exception.
Some people on Twitter were mad that the broadcaster asked Kris Bryant about the upcoming trade deadline and the strong possibility he might be playing somewhere else by August 1.
I didn't make much of it in Wednesday's newsletter because I think too much of modern society is dictated by what a couple of randos are complaining about on social media.
But when Kris Bryant's father starts barking at Buck?
Then I'm a little more interested, even if Mike Bryant is one of those baseball dads who never met an interview he didn't like.
Here's what Mike Bryant said to Cubs Insider's Evan Altman:
“I simply cannot express my disappointment at Joe Buck asking my son about his future with the Cubs while he was playing left field in the All-Star Game,” Mike Bryant said. "This was a classless act and has no place in the game. I’m so glad I was at the game and not watching it.
“There’s a time and a place for stuff like this, and this was neither. Kris deserves an apology.”
Here's guessing Mike is going to be waiting awhile for that apology.
Look, I'm not a big Joe Buck guy. I'm not a fan of his big broadcaster voice. I don't like that he's done a majority of the big sporting events for most of my adult life.
Do I think he's good in measured doses? Yes.
Can I appreciate his technical approach and work ethic? Sure.
But I have a theory that some of baseball's struggle with national ratings can be tied to the fact that people just don't want to listen to him for three hours a night. He blends in the background much easier when he calls NFL games.
All of that said: C'mon Mike.
Kris Bryant is a big boy and knew what was coming when he told a Fox producer he'd be happy to wear the mike. What Buck asked wasn't different from the other half-dozen interviews Bryant did in Denver and he handled it well without breaking a sweat. That comes with the business of looking at a next deal that could be worth a quarter of a billion dollars.
If Buck had passed on the question and instead asked Bryant if he'd ever tried Rocky Mountain Oysters? Well, he'd be getting hammered for that too and rightfully so. The impending breakup of the Cubs' core is a baseball story that ranks as big as Shohei Ohtani's two-way brilliance or the foreign substance soap opera. Everyone at home would've been wondering why Buck wasn't asking Bryant about his future had he taken a different route.
Buck's question was about the farthest the thing from "a classless act."
To me, it sounded like a guy just doing his job and asking the question that fans at home wanted asked.
What do you think?
News and results
The Sky forward had a big day starting with the news that she'll be the first woman to be featured on the cover of the NBA2K video game series. The special edition will be available at GameStop and will be available alongside other covers featuring Luka Doncic, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Kevin Durant.
As the dad of two little girls who ask "to put the girls basketball game on" when I'm watching the NBA Finals, I have to say this is pretty cool.
Parker then went on to post a 5--5-5 line in Wednesday night's WNBA All-Star game as her Team WNBA avenged any and all snubs in a win over Tokyo-bound Team USA.
Watching Quigley drain threes is still one of the best things to watch as a Chicago sports fan. She hit nine of her 10 last shots to beat Jonquel Jones and add a third trophy to the titles she won in 2017 and 2018.
- Scott Powers on why the Portland Winterhawks moved on from the Blackhawks Indianhead logo that they were using. The Athletic
- Kofi Cockburn is reportedly down to deciding between Illinois or Florida State with Kentucky out of the picture. He tweeted that he'll announce his decision on Friday. The Athletic
- Mike Ditka is apparently the anti-Scottie Pippen when it comes to tipping. NBC Sports Chicago And speaking of Pippen, you can AirBNB the house he can't sell for $92 a night. (It's a promotion from the company.) WGN News
- It's still weird that St. Joe's is no more. Now they're auctioning off what's left, including Isiah Thomas and Hoop Dreams memorabilia. Sun-Times
- An oddsmaker's mistake caused a historic line movement for the WNBA All-Star Game. ESPN
Note: I'm going to take a one-day All-Star break myself tomorrow. Back with the next Minute on Monday.
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