Joe Buck talks new book release: “Don’t think you’ll be disappointed”

Joe Buck

Fox Sports’ top play-by-play broadcaster and St. Louisan Joe Buck joined The Ryan Kelley Morning After on Tuesday to discuss the release of his new book, Lucky Bastard, and talk about the upcoming Q&A event with Tim McKernan in early December.

Listen to the complete interview (starts at about the 5:55 mark) and read some excerpts below.

On the book:

“I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. There’s some stuff in there you don’t know. There’s some real juice in there…You’ll enjoy the emotional parts. I think you’ll laugh, I think you’ll cry, I think you’ll wet yourself. I think all these things will happen as you read it.”

What was the writing process like for you?

“The guy that deserves probably more credit for the book than I do is Michael Rosenberg at (Sports Illustrated). I wrote…what you read at the beginning is really what I presented to the publisher and Michael, who wrote a piece on me with Sports Illustrated two years ago. I liked it. I felt like he got what I was about. We became friends after I wrote the piece. And at one point I saw him at the World Series…two years ago. I saw him standing against a wall. I told him I was trying to do what he did successfully already, which was write a book. He told me to send it to him…and I liked what he did. I called him and said, ‘Let’s just do this together.’ It wouldn’t have (happened if it wasn’t for him). Once I got him involved, the process moved forward. He’d come to St. Louis, we would talk. He would just tape record our conversations. The book is my language and me talking. But it’s him arranging it, and rearranging it and crafting a story that’s not chapter by chapter. It’s a book I thing flows throughout.”

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