After one of his patented moments of silence for an opposition home run earlier this week, we were treated to another classic example of Hawk Harrelson homerism. Thursday night the White Sox hosted the A's and went to extras once again. Down 5-4 in the bottom of the 10th and down to their final out, Adam Dunn stepped up to the plate with a man on and hit a ball high and deep to left field that fell at the warning track for the final out of the game like something out of Major League. Just listen to Hawk's call...
Ah, there's nothing like hearing Hawk Harrelson yell out "daaaaad gum it!" like a grizzled 1890s prospector.
I know why this ball didn't make it out for the tying home run - Hawk didn't ask for it to STRETCH. I'm sure if Harrelson would have pleaded just a little bit more, that ball would have found enough juice to fly over the fence. This is a loss you can clearly blame on the White Sox play by play man.
If you think that's bad.... I can't imagine what he must have done last night when Reddick robbed a guy of a homer
Tom Hamilton for the Indians gets that excited on every fly ball. It's painful listening on the radio because he makes you think its a home run only to have the OF catch it 20 feet before the warning track.
Has anyone of you ever listened to a local broadcast of an NFL game. It is definitely the worst case of homerism ever. Now Hawk may be the PBP guy, but he is no worse than any local NFL radio analyst who used to play for that particular team.
In St. Louis the local radio PBP guy for the Rams calls everyone by their first name or nickname, including the coach (Jeff). His news director at the local CBS affiliate doesn't see a "conflict of interest", so he's going to continue.
Meanwhile another anchor at the same station was fired over comments about the IRS scandal. The news director didn't feel they could be objective covering that story, citing a "conflict of interest", so they fired him.
I guess the determination is what is your interest and where does it become a conflict.
First, too bad that he has to invoke the late, great Ned Martin in such a performance with "Mercy!" Second, compare this with The Vin's call of the Puig grand slam, and you see the difference between a baseball broadcaster and a sideshow performer.
Hawk is such a joke. BTW, can you really say "WAAAY BACK!! WAAY BACK!!" at U.S. Cellular Field? The local Little League fields around here have deeper dimensions then that bandbox.
Go on Ken say it SOB! You know you wanted to say that. But then Jerry would have had to do the unthinkable and subject Sux fans to Pachorick and Stone the rest of the way. And who would have covered for Stone on his days off?