Sean McDonough realizes the touch of irony in his first assignment Saturday as CBS' new lead baseball announcer. It's at St. Louis' Busch Memorial Stadium, home of the Cardinals-and the broadcast home of Jack Buck, whom the network dumped unceremoniously last December after two seasons.
"Out of 26 major-league teams," McDonough said the other day, "it's interesting the Cardinals would be hosting our first game. I suppose it had to happen sooner or later. But I'm looking forward to it. It'll be nice to see Jack."
McDonough expected to talk this weekend with Buck, a longtime family friend. After all, McDonough, whose dad, Will, worked with Buck on NFL telecasts for a couple of years at CBS, wasn't the man who pulled the trigger.