“We’d exit on a Friday night, have a superb time, a few beers, and there was Joe up in his room, watching baseball on YouTube, recording himself calling the sport,” said Rick Krajewski, a university friend who now works within the booth with Davis. “We’d be like, ‘Hey, Joe, come on, let’s do something fun.’ And it was: ‘Nope, sorry guys, gotta do that.’”
Before his senior 12 months, Davis landed a summer job on the microphone of the independent Schaumburg Flyers in Illinois. After graduating in 2010, he worked three seasons because the voice of the Montgomery Biscuits, the Class AA affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. After games, he would hearken to his broadcasts and transcribe some parts; studying his words made him more concise.
By then, Davis had a network of colleagues to advise him — if only they may consider something to say. Joe Block, now a broadcaster for the Pittsburgh Pirates, was working within the minors and running an internet site for job postings when he first heard Davis’s work. The child was a can’t-miss prospect.
“It was ridiculous, just so polished and so good,” Block said. “The résumé said he was 19 years old, and we were astonished. We got in contact and I said, ‘I’ve got nothing for you, please remember me,’ something like that.”
Davis moved to ESPN in 2012 and to Fox two years later, adding a job with the Dodgers in 2015 and developing a rapport with the previous pitcher Orel Hershiser, his regular partner on their telecasts. Along the best way, Davis met Buck, who offered perspective on their career: “In case you get hit by a bus in your technique to the stadium, they’re not going to carry a moment of silence for you.” Take the job seriously, in other words, but don’t carry yourself that way.