Apparently, Joe Buck Almost Lost His Voice Forever
If you've listened to Joe Buck call a baseball game recently, you know something's not right.
Buck has sounded markedly subdued during his Fox broadcast duties this season, something that we noticed previously and pointed out in a predictably dickish way. But what was rumored to be a nasty case of bronchitis, or a prolonged bout of boredom, was actually quite serious.
According to the St.Louis Post-Dispatch, Buck almost lost his voice (and career) because of a nerve ailment in one of his vocal cords. Only recently has he begun to return to normal.
Buck has made significant recovery, which he estimates at 85-90 percent, but he still isn't able to hit the high inflections at times during excitable moments on the field and is taking singing lessons as part of his rehabilitation process.
Despite the damage done to his voice, Buck has called eight regional baseball broadcasts for Fox this year. And in order to get back, he's taking singing lessons!
Buck is taking singing lessons from St. Louis vocalist Erin Bode to try to strengthen the voice.
"We do scales, vocal exercises every day,'' Buck said. "I run the voice up and down, get as high as I can and as low as I can. I work on breathing, too. I run out of breath faster than before.''
Buck will call his record 13th MLB All-Star Game on July 12th, alongside color commentator Tim McCarver.
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