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Field of Links: Buck and McCarver in Oakland could be a sign of the sports apocalypse

Aug 2, 2013, 10:26 AM PDT


Famine, pestilence, earthquakes, Joe Buck and Tim McCarver calling a regular season baseball game in Oakland — these are all signs that the apocalypse could be coming.

On Saturday, Fox’s top broadcasting duo will be making their first-ever stop at the Oakland Coliseum for a regular season baseball game. The A’s will be hosting the Texas Rangers on national television. Just how little respect for the A’s does Fox have? The duo has been broadcasting together for 17 years.

It’s not like the A’s have been completely irrelevant over that span of time. They won 100 games twice, 90 games on five occasions, won 20 games in-a-row in 2002, went to the playoffs in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2012, had two American League MVPs (Jason Giambi – 2000, Miguel Tejada – 2002) and an A.L. Cy Young-winner (Barry Zito – 2002). So what do A’s fans get for being blessed with Fox’s top tandem? Hopefully proper pronunciation of Yoenis Cespedes and no false injury diagnoses for Grant Balfour.

Respect goes a long way — just ask the Giants. Their front office was embarrassed by the offers they received before the non-waiver trade deadline and stood pat. Now they have the opportunity to put their big boy pants on and prove they can win together. The Giants ownership group ponied up the money to keep the entire World Series Championship roster together. There’s no more excuses, nothing hanging over their heads. They either get it done or they don’t.

*gets off soapbox* Oh, hey, look… Links!

Field of Links:

Some fans will do anything for a foul ball.

Tracy Porter lost no. 24 to Charles Woodson way earlier than he thought.

Some fans will do anything for an autograph.


The Giants passed on Brian Wilson for a reason and it actually wasn’t the beard.

The Mariners blew a lead after signaling for the wrong reliever.

One Washington Redskins player couldn’t tell the difference between Bryce Harper and Tom Brady.


The 49ers are dropping like flies.

— Don’t swim in the waters off the coast of Louisiana. There are 185-pound sting rays out there.

Jonny be good.


Grant Balfour is a raging paradox.

— Somehow, Melky Cabrera actually threw this ball the opposite direction than he intended.


The Miami Marlins are so bad that kids don’t even want to catch foul balls.

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