It's been an excruciating season for the Chicago White Sox, with the team buried in last place in the American League Central division and with players like Jake Peavy and Alex Rios now on the trading block. On Monday night, things went from bad to worse when Jason Giambi's walk-off homerun off Ramon Troncoso gave the Cleveland Indians a 3-2 victory over the South Siders. You can see how White Sox broadcaster Hawk Harrelson handled the moment above.
That's 33 seconds of good ol' Harrelson silence, for those of you scoring at home.
Now, Hawk going silent for a while after an opposing walkoff is nothing new, but what makes this one memorable is the audible sigh he lets out when he comes back on the mic. To Harrelson's credit, he does manage to pull himself together (though by the sounds of it, begrudgingly) to sign off properly.
So there you have it. Just another chapter in the ever-expanding Hawk Harrelson Homerism Handbook.
Update: Here's the radio call of Indians play by play man Tom Hamilton, which is a SLIGHT CONTRAST from the silence of Hawk's call. Via WTAM (54 sec mark, thanks @JeffDLowe)...
There isn't a better announcer in baseball than Tom Hamilton. We are privileged as Indians fans to have him.
I have no problem with local broadcaster being a homer. He is after all local, but Hawk Harrelson is awful.
I don't understand the problem with this game nor others Hawk has broadcast. This isn't radio. The score was on the screen. The crowd was going crazy. The players were gathering around the plate for the celebration. I think 99.9% of the viewers knew what was going on.
I like Hawk behind the mic because he makes it seem as if you are sitting next to him in the dugout talking and discussing the game in front of you. There's no who you ran into at the hotel. No, "I had a long conversation with the skipper about this," just to show credibility. No discussing social media or what celebrity is sitting in the stands.
Was the Cleveland radio announcer any less objective in his call? Now, he is on radio, so he must supply some information. Silence really isn't an option.
But the level of objectivity, or subjectivity, is the same.
BTW, once again the lead has been absolutely buried in this story. At the very end of the radio broadcast, they announce the attendance at 14,8xx.
The Indians are a couple of games out of the division lead at the end of July.
that is 33 seconds of pure bliss....not one of...but thee worst broadcaster in all of sports...what a moron....
Oh, that just must be terrible. So excruciating. I can hardly understand the pain. That must be the most awful feeling of all time.
@Sulkanator I believe you have forgotten Vin Scully.
@sir boxington You have obviously never heard Hamilton broadcast a game. When somebody from the other team makes and exciting play, he sounds excited. With Harrelson, he sounds like he's ready for a sanitarium when the Sox lose. The level of subjectivity is decidedly NOT the same, not even close. Some day I hope to be able to say, "He gown!"
@sir boxington his inability to ever blame any white sox player, manager or front office person for ANY mistake or error, to continually blame umpires for EVERYTHING!! His nauseating recollection of his mediocre career, and of course his horrible hawkisms...thats what makes him the worst announcer of any sport ...as bad of an announcer as Harry was in his later days he always called a spade a spade and ripped the team when needed....
He absolutely ripped Rios for not tagging on a line drive to right field which would have tied the game in the bottom of the 9th. Instead, the Royals hung on for a 1-0 win. After the game he mentioned all the chances the Sox had and failed. He flat out said this is a perfect example of why they are a last place team.
After that game, an extra-inning loss on Sunday, and a walk-off Monday, it's a reflection of the mood that he KNOWS his going on in the dugout and in the clubhouse. That mood tells me more than any PBP guy who tried to comfort me by telling me "this really shows how much THESE players care." Or some other long winded semi-apology as to why the home team couldn't get it done tonight.