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I want something different from a TV broadcaster. I want a good tour guide to entertain and educate me while I sit back and relax and enjoy the action.
I don't listen to a lot of White Sox games admittely, but I have never had Harrelson educate me on anything baseball-related.
I like Hawk fine, because...I just do. It's irrational, it's indefensible, and I will have to answer for my fondness for Hawk on some future day of reckoning. What I find funniest about the Hawk's peccadilloes, even as a fan, is his unabashed fanboyism for the White Sox. Given that he never played a game for them, it comes from him working for the team (I assume...I wasn't around when he first signed on). And yeah, he GM'd for a year, but that should hardly endear him to the team or vice versa given how that all worked out for all parties involved. So basically, he's the ultimate fanboy homer in the broadcast booth because...he's paid to be. Which should make Hawk distastefully unsavory as a shill, and it does. But at the same time, I like Hawk Harrelson. I mean, it could be worse. I could be listening to a game called by Joe Buck
Could not agree more. I am 29 years old and have grown up on Hawk. Most of what I know about baseball is somehow guided by his opinions.
Announcers are like whores and old buildings I guess.
Unless the other team scores a run, in which case the tour guide takes a break from doing his job to sit silently and pout.
It's either that, or they're all sniffing glue.
Oh please. I wish Chip would just silently pout the whole game. Every word he says is one too many.
On Santo ... for me Hughes (who I think is very good) saved Santo. There seemed to be genuine camaraderie there and Hughes had a good mix of keeping Santo on point or finding the humor in him wandering off-point. There were those times when Santo got depressed that the Cubs were blowing another one and those were always downers.
On the other hand I have very fond memories of him when I was a kid and he and Dick Stockton did the Red Sox games on channel 38. I don't remember any specifics but I remember it was baseball, he was announcing it and he said nice things about Fred Lynn. When I was 8 you pretty much had me right there.
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