Tuesday October 16, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO -- Joe Buck experienced the ultimate San Francisco sporting Sunday.

The Fox Sports announcer worked a unique doubleheader, calling the late afternoon NFL game between the San Fran cisco 49ers and New York Giants and the nighttime NL championship series opener between the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals.

And he even made the trip from game to game in the most San Francisco way possible -- on a trolley.

"It’s exciting. It’s fun," Buck said. "But this is a footnote not the focus of the day."

Buck left Candlestick Park at 4:32 p.m. after the Giants beat the 49ers 26-3. He arrived after the 7-mile trip at AT&T Park at 5:04 p.m. -- more than 10 minutes before the scheduled first pitch.

"I’ve been looking at the clock ever since kickoff, trying to judge when the game would end," Buck said by phone from the trolley. "It turned out to be a lopsided game and they ran out the clock at the end."

Buck had always been slated to call the NLCS with Thom Brennaman set to call the football game with lead analyst Troy Aikman. But when the Cardinals staged their improbable ninth-inning rally to beat Washington 9-7 in Game 5 of their division series on Friday night, Buck got the chance to do the double with the NLCS opening in San Francisco instead of the nation’s capital.


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