For the third time this season, the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox in walk off fashion. For the second time this season, it was a Jason Giambi home run. This gives us the opportunity for one of our favorite recurring posts - Tom Hamilton vs Hawk Harrelson walk off calls!
Nobody does an excited winning home run call quite like Indians radio play by play man Tom Hamilton, one of the best in the business. And God love him, nobody quite does a depressing walk off loss like White Sox TV play by play man Hawk Harrelson.
Let's get the bad news out of the way first. For this blast Hawk registered an impressive 63 seconds on the Hawk Silence-O-Meter, which is an impressive amount of dejection considering how the White Sox have repeatedly crushed Hawk's soul this year...
How much more can the White Sox do to this poor man this season? Are they trying to get Hawk Harrelson to retire because the pain is too much to bear? That's like their 74th walk off loss this season. They might as well be ripping his heart out of his chest and handing it to him in a white paper sack. (Hey I have to work on my Dumb and Dumber references with the sequel on its way.)
And now for the good news! Here's Tom Hamilton's interpretation of the same home run, with an H/T to former Buckeye DB and current Cleveland radio host Dustin Fox. Let's just say it's a bit more descriptive...
Even for Tom Hamilton that's a jubilant call. You gotta love the Mardi Gras reference. The 5-4 Tribe victory puts their lead at 1.5 games for the second Wild Card berth as they continue their remarkable season. Hopefully if the Indians get some home playoff games they'll finally get some fans to fill Progressive Field. And hopefully if the Indians win some playoff games we'll get a couple postseason walk off calls from Hamilton. It's just too bad the White Sox won't be there to complete the experience.
Hamilton has all the nuance of a South American soccer announcer. Hamilton is all schtick, a carnival barker at best. The, " he gets paid to talk" argument is pretty weak. That's like saying Giambi gets paid to swing. No, he gets paid to hit. Yakking up a lung every time the ball leaves the infield is unfortunately Hamilton's calling card. Look at it this way, in music, the spaces between the notes are every bit as important as the melody. It's called rhythm, pacing, and dynamics. It's important. The crowd sounds, the beer guys, the whistles, John Adam's drum beats, and just the crowd noise in general lets the broadcast breathe. Hamilton rather than using these things to his advantage, goes into them with his cleats high. He has no tangible respect for the game from a broadcast perspective.
Bless you Ernie Harwell, wherever you are.
@dwismar Between 0:04 and 1:08 was the best Hawk has ever sounded.
@awfulannouncing any idea how to make Tom Hamilton's walk-off call from last night a ringtone?
@futon311 first guy you think he left booth, second one chills
@awfulannouncing and we know who wins that battle. Tom hamilton all the way
@awfulannouncing Worst. Fight. Ever! Hammy always wins!!
Oh yeah, Tom Hamilton, the same guy who was said that he was hoping that someone would drill a line drive off of Chapman's head. He's a real professional.
Hawk's silence let the crowd noise tell the story...much better than Hamilton's re-enactment of a new inmate's prison shower initiation.
@awfulannouncing can't think of a better way to start my Wednesday
Why we love Hamilton. I think he could call nationally as he gets enthusiastic for both teams. His voice is awesome and is recognizable troughout country. Go tribe.
I kind of want you guys to do this after a white sox walk off over Cleveland even though I am Indians fan because Hamilton would still be enthusiastic.
@DJLitten this ball game is.. Over
@awfulannouncing THANK YOU!!!!
@ragoad haha. The 63 seconds of silence is great. Vintage Hawk.
@awfulannouncing Giambi "Put it on the board!"
@awfulannouncing thank you Sir! Hammy's the best in the biz at the walk off call.
@awfulannouncing Hawk is such a frigging crybaby.
@Mencken21 You clearly don't listen to Tribe games on the radio enough or you've only been exposed to his game-winning calls. Yet even on those walkoff home run calls, Hamilton is very good at "letting the broadcast breathe." Search on YouTube for his Yan Gomes walkoff call, his call for the 12 run comeback vs the Mariners, his call for Hafner's walkoff grand slam, and even this call where he leaves 15 seconds of silence after the ball leaves the yard. He's a true fan of the team, and he calls the games with the excitement of any die-hard Tribe fan; what more could you want? I suggest you listen to 9 entire innings on WTAM 1100 with Hamilton and I hope you will think differently
@JoshDBresser Cuz the pitcher's the only one who can aim for the head. Them's the rules.
@Mencken21 It's HIS job to tell the story, not the crowd's. He's the one getting paid.
@jeffgoad haha....And Stoney with nothing either.
@dpbrugler @awfulannouncing Can we agree there some of the classiest act in the biz? Regardless of what team you cheer.
@ClarenceOveur1 @awfulannouncing Anyone would cry being the announcer for this awful Sox team.
@melocollo @Mencken21 Well said, Melocollo. Even other media outlets in Cleveland called WTAM the day after to use this call. Hamilton does such a wonderful job of calling games and I dare anyone to find someone in Cleveland that does not like Hamilton's broadcast. Much better than the junk on tv (Underwood and Manning).
Out of town media requesting/using calls is SOP, NOTHING to see (or hear) here. You make it sound like it's some huge feat Berto84. LOL!
Hamilton is GAWD AWFUL. As someone who worked in radio for many years, and still lives in the Greater Cleveland area, I'm forced to listen to his "yakking up a lung" on a daily basis. He's a FAKE, and one of the WORST in baseball. By and large it's only Twibe fans that enjoy this buffoon, and then only (it is my contention) because he was the lead barker when all these 20 and 30 somethings were growing up and the Indians were blowing the World Series and puking (like Hammy) in the playoffs.
For all his flaws, a stumble drunk, one-eyed, Herb Score was more "enjoyable" to listen to than the shrieking 12-year old girlie pablum of Hambone.