CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland Indians fans have had almost 48 hours to digest Wednesday’s World Series Game 2 telecast that featured more than a little professional admiration from Fox broadcaster Joe Buck toward Chicago Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber.
Schwarber, the heroic slugger who is almost certainly the first professional athlete to return to play after suffering a tragic knee injury, earned high and consistent praise from Buck during Wednesday’s game. From start to finish.
Ad nauseum, some Tribe fans might say.
With an eye on tonight’s World Series Game 3 at Wrigley Field, and the anticipated “emotional powder keg” of Schwarber’s first at-bat in front of the home crowd this season, here are a few diversions Tribe fans can use to get past Buck’s gushing and get on with the important task of cheering their team to a title.
1. Buy an item from the Joe Buck-Kyle Schwarber wedding registry.
The happy couple is registered at Bed, Bath & Beyond, thanks to some clever Indians fans. The big date is set for March 3, 2017.
And this registry has items fans can purchase with the proceeds going to Cleveland Indians Charities.
2. Make a meme.
Even before Schwarber’s second at-bat in Game 2, the Twitter memes began popping up, featuring Buck and Schwarber, hand-in-hand on the beach, the bow of the Titanic and any number of romantic combinations. Here are some of the best.
3. Sign the online petition to have Bob Uecker replace Buck.
Believe it or not, there’s an online petition started by Cubs fans that calls for legendary play-by-play man Bob Uecker to replace Buck in the booth for the rest of the series. You can sign it here.
4. Take solace that Cubs fans hate Buck, too.
With Buck’s ties to St. Louis, where his father was a hall of fame broadcaster for generations, the Cubs and their fans apparently don’t have too much love for Fox’s golden boy, either. As evidenced by this post from the Chicago Reader’s Aimee Levitt that calls Buck “the most hated man in baseball.
5. Take our poll and count along.
How many times will Buck say Schwarber’s name during tonight’s World Series Game 3 broadcast? More than 50? More than 150?
If you’re a gambler, we’ll set the over/under at 49.5 for Buck mentions of Schwarber from his pregame open to the final out. Tell us in the comments section below if you’re taking the over, or the under and why you think you’d make bank on your bet.