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Hawk Harrelson goes crazy

May 30, 2012, 5:02 PM EDT

In today’s Rays-White Sox game, A.J. Pierzynski got plunked. Later, be it by coincidence or not, Jose Quintana threw one at Ben Zobrist and was immediately ejected by umpire Mark Wegner. Then White Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson went crazy:

UPDATE: MLB pulled the You Tube video, but they have it over at, with complete Hawk awesomeness.

Hey, I’m just as critical of the umps as anyone, but perhaps Mr. Harrelson should get a bit of perspective. And even though homerism has been Harrelson’s shtick for years — he always says “we” when referring to the White Sox and calls the opposition “the bad guys” — this is a bit beyond the pale, no?

I mean, at least pretend to not be the propaganda arm of the team, OK?  Or at least pretend not to be 12 years-old.

(link via Awful Announcing)

  1. xjokerz - May 31, 2012 at 4:45 AM

    Did you really expect class from a south sider ? …. Tigers going to win the central by atleast 15 games btw

  2. jlovenotjlo - May 31, 2012 at 4:54 AM

    I understand non-White Sox fans disliking the Hawk, I don’t blame you. He epitomizes the mentality of a huge chunk of us Southsiders. Yes, we’re irrational. Yes, we are extremely negative at times. And you know what? I love having an announcer who gets just as pissed off as I do, even if it is not justified or reasonable. You can keep your vanilla flavored announcers, and we’ll have the Hawk.

    Sure, Hawk doesn’t give us good insight on the finer things in baseball. But I’ll easily exchange that for the true, genuine love he has for the White Sox, because I share the same mentality.

    So f*ck off all you Hawk haters.

    “You don’t win 99 games games because you’re lucky, you win 99 games because you’re good, dammit”

    • ptfu - May 31, 2012 at 9:14 AM

      OK, I get that you want to stick up for the Hawk. He might be irrational, negative, and anti-insight, but he’s your guy. Kind of like a mascot. Love of the Sox conquers all his flaws. Great, fine, moving on…

      …wait, Hawk “epitomizes the mentality of a huge chunk of us Southsiders”??? So half a city is screaming bats#!t crazy!?!? How has the South Side not imploded? How does Chicago continue to exist? That’s the true miracle here, not the AL Central standings.

      • jlovenotjlo - May 31, 2012 at 12:11 PM

        Haha, that is a good point. Yes, half the city is screaming bat$hit crazy. Luckily Bad Bad Leroy Brown keeps things from getting too out of control around here.

        On a sad note, I do think Hawk is going to die of a heart attack in the booth after the blown call of all blown calls. Can you imagine if Jim Joyce’s blown perfect game call happened to one of the White Sox? I can’t even begin to imagine the unbelievable amount of rage.

    • derklempner - May 31, 2012 at 10:59 PM

      It’s odd how so many White Sox fans I’ve read or listened to that had so many negative things to say about Ron Santo, even when everything you say you love all the things that make Harrelson the same kind of announcer Santo was. (I live in Chicago and hear both sides of the Northside-Southside rivalry on a regular basis.)

      The only difference between the two is that Santo criticized his team when they weren’t doing well. He never really said anything that showed he blamed bad calls or the umps for the Cubs being on the losing end. (Sure, he could’ve, given all the bad years of Cubs baseball he endured, but he knew the difference between performing and the REALITY of bad calls.)

      As for Harrelson? He’s a homer in the strictest sense. He not only likes to blame the umps, but he’ll go completely silent when the Sox are being beat. And that just shows that it’s not just emotion he’s displaying but favoritism towards the Sox. He should man up and criticize his team more often and NOT get so upset when calls don’t go their way Bad calls are part of the game. Sometimes they go for you, sometimes they go against you. It’s funny that I’ve never heard Harrelson comment repeatedly about how the White Sox got a break on a bad call, while hearing countless Cubs announcers recapitulate on the luck the Cubs received when a call worked out for them.

      As for having to watch White Sox games and listen to Harrelson, I always remember one simple mantra:

      “And you can watch the game on muuuuuuuuuuuuute, YES!”

      • comeonnowguys - May 31, 2012 at 11:41 PM

        The only difference, is that Hawk was paid to be the “professional” broadcast guy, while Santo was supposed to be the homer “color” guy.

        Otherwise, they’re exactly the same–terrible. Aside from the fact that one’s dead and all.

      • jlovenotjlo - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:54 AM

        You make good points. However, he does fully acknowledge when a bad call goes the Sox way, he’ll often say “we’ll take it!”. He does also pay tribute to umps who call a good game behind the plate or make the right call on a close play. But his negativity when something goes against the White Sox can be pretty overwhelming.

  3. tanstaafl48 - May 31, 2012 at 7:05 AM

    I love the “At least he loves the game unlike other announcers!” defense of Harrelson

    Because your choices are apparently either
    (a) A vapid gimmicky moron who is such a homer that he will actively refuse too call parts of the game because he’s too busy sulking that his team is losing
    (b) Some sort of hypothetical announcing robot who presumably sounds like the thing from Lost in Space

    Which is a nonsense false choice; it is entirely possible to root for the team your currently announcing for and not allow that rooting to override your ability to talk about subjects rationally or at the very least actually call the games you’re being paid too call.

    If any Harrelson fans are curious about how such a remarkable announcing style would work, just watch any single announcer doing any single game for any single league ever because every one of them is better than Harrelson. What a joke.

  4. scrot7 - May 31, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Once you get South of Rosevelt Road you are in Indiana. Hawk fits in nicely with the people from the “crossroads of America.”

  5. grizz2202 - Jun 1, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Was this a national game or a local broadcast? I’m a Cardinals fan who watches the Fox Sports Midwest broadcast of the games, and if Al “The Mad Hungarian” ever says “the Cardinals” instead of “we”, I’ll stop watching.

    If it was a national broadcast, then sure, whatever.

    If it was a local broadcast, chill out about “homerism”. It’s what we “homers” pay for.

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