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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Sox broadcasters ‘Hawk’ Harrelson, Steve Stone say issues resolved

“But the damage is done”...

There was no hiding the tension anymore.

‘‘I worked with ‘Wimpy’ [Tom Paciorek] for 10 years, I worked with D.J. [Darrin Jackson] for 10 years, before they made the change and brought Stoney over to get a pitcher and a hitter together,’’ Harrelson said. ‘‘Steve is just so good at what he does. The first two years were just fantastic. I told my wife that this is pretty close to the way I felt about Don Drysdale and myself.’’

Some have speculated Hawk’s homerism grates on Stone, but Stone denied it.

‘‘There are people who view that as a negative; I view it as an extreme positive,’’ Stone said. ‘‘I like the fact that he wants the White Sox to win every day. I want the White Sox to win every day, but he has been around longer. He also believes that every call should go the White Sox’ way. Obviously, as we know, it doesn’t work that way.

‘‘If they do win, he’s a very happy man. When they lose, he’s not such a happy man. And it all comes through the microphone. That’s one of the similarities he has with Harry: You could pick the game up at any time, and by listening to the inflection in Harry’s voice or listening to the inflection in Ken’s voice, you can tell if the team is winning or losing.’’

Harrelson vows he won’t put a lid on his emotions.

‘‘Before that would happen, then I would get out,’’ Harrelson said. ‘‘I’m not going to be scripted.’’

Repoz Posted: March 13, 2013 at 04:52 AM | 20 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: March 13, 2013 at 09:58 AM (#4387521)
‘‘I’m not going to be scripted.’’

"He gone!"
"Stretch!"
"You can putitonthebooooooooard..... YES!!!!!"
   2. Hello Rusty Kuntz, Goodbye Rusty Cars Posted: March 13, 2013 at 10:37 AM (#4387553)
Ken ‘‘Hawk’’ Harrelson once shared the booth with Don Drysdale, a tandem widely praised as one of the best in baseball broadcast history.


I have a lot of good memories of 1983, but is this true?
   3. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: March 13, 2013 at 10:41 AM (#4387555)
‘‘I’m not going to be scripted.’’

"He gone!"
"Stretch!"
"You can putitonthebooooooooard..... YES!!!!!"


This is what bothers me about Harrelson much more than the homerism. I don't really mind the homer stuff but I really don't like announcers worrying about catchphrases.
   4. Ron J2 Posted: March 13, 2013 at 11:29 AM (#4387595)
#3 Some catchphrases don't annoy me. Jim Hughson has, "Great save <insert last name of goalies>" -- always the same tone. There are worse things.
   5. Perry Posted: March 13, 2013 at 11:56 AM (#4387614)
Slamma lamma ding dong!
   6. Ulysses S. Fairsmith Posted: March 13, 2013 at 02:53 PM (#4387761)
When I was in high school, I would watch baseball on channel 55 out of Fort Wayne. They were part of the broadcast networks for the Tigers, White Sox, Reds, and Cubs. I remember Harrelson and Drysdale, and I thought they were just about the worst thing I'd ever heard. Harrelson was (and is) unbearably obnoxious; Drysdale was as dull as wooden as any announcer I've ever heard.
   7. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 13, 2013 at 02:58 PM (#4387769)
Ken ‘‘Hawk’’ Harrelson once shared the booth with Don Drysdale, a tandem widely praised as one of the best in baseball broadcast history.


I have a lot of good memories of 1983, but is this true?


Perhaps in the same way that the tandem of Bill Gates and myself is one of the richest in the world.
   8. Blubaldo Jimenez (OMJ) Posted: March 13, 2013 at 03:00 PM (#4387772)
‘‘If they do win, he’s a very happy man. When they lose, he’s not such a happy man. And it all comes through the microphone. That’s one of the similarities he has with Harry: You could pick the game up at any time, and by listening to the inflection in Harry’s voice or listening to the inflection in Ken’s voice, you can tell if the team is winning or losing.’’


He has to be trolling, right?
   9. Dewey, Soupuss Not Doomed to Succeed Posted: March 13, 2013 at 04:07 PM (#4387829)
I remember Harrelson and Drysdale, and I thought they were just about the worst thing I'd ever heard. Harrelson was (and is) unbearably obnoxious; Drysdale was as dull as wooden as any announcer I've ever heard.

From what little I recall of Drysdale's time in the Sox booth, he seemed like he was just marking time until he could take off and work for the Dodgers.
   10. Tom Nawrocki Posted: March 13, 2013 at 05:29 PM (#4387869)
It's interesting to me that Stone refers to Harrelson as "Ken," which hardly anyone does. I don't have any idea what it means, though.
   11. Justin T., Director of Somethin Posted: March 13, 2013 at 05:54 PM (#4387876)
If these guys say it's all smoothed over enough times, maybe it will become true.
   12. Hello Rusty Kuntz, Goodbye Rusty Cars Posted: March 13, 2013 at 06:10 PM (#4387879)
There was no hiding the tension anymore.


Now they'll be another boring TV couple that's already done it.
   13. madvillain Posted: March 13, 2013 at 06:27 PM (#4387891)

It's interesting to me that Stone refers to Harrelson as "Ken," which hardly anyone does. I don't have any idea what it means, though.


I think this was one of the more tangible signs of tension in the booth. Hawk would always say "Stone Pony" which I think annoyed Stone and so instead of saying "Hawk" Stone figured he'd needle Harrelson the same way.

Harrelson was pretty good from 1995-2005 but after they won the WS he should have put himself out to pasture. I grew up on him as the voice of Sox baseball and his nicknames and catch phrases added quite a bit of character to those 90' Sox teams but now he's almost like a soundboard caricature of himself -- every other word out of his mouth is some catchphrase. If he isn't talking about a "can of corn" or a "matt abatacola" he's fuming about the umps or some ####.

He needs to retire.

   14. Cabbage Posted: March 13, 2013 at 06:44 PM (#4387902)
every other word out of his mouth is some catchphrase. If he isn't talking about a "can of corn" or a "matt abatacola" he's fuming about the umps or some ####.

I'm not sure if this is some Sox fan inside joke (I'm a northsider), but Matt Abbatacola is one of the producers for 670 AM, the white sox radio station. I don't think Hawks' trying to do anything when he says his name.

https://twitter.com/MattAbbatacola

Why am I defending Hawks? Ugh, I feel dirty.
   15. SouthSideRyan Posted: March 13, 2013 at 07:09 PM (#4387916)
I believe he refers to broken bat hits as Matt Abatacolas. I've yet to meet a person who knows why.

And Harrelson became insufferable long before they won the world series.
   16. madvillain Posted: March 13, 2013 at 07:55 PM (#4387938)
I believe he refers to broken bat hits as Matt Abatacolas. I've yet to meet a person who knows why.quote


Right, I watch 80% of the games, he's never explained it.

And Harrelson became insufferable long before they won the world series.


You can never go wrong trashing the Hawk but I'm one of his most ardent defenders. He's a crazy, arrogant #######, but he's this 80's child White Sox fan's crazy arrogant #######.
   17. asinwreck Posted: March 13, 2013 at 08:38 PM (#4387963)
I have a lot of good memories of 1983, but is this true?


No. They were a boring team together. Harrelson-Paciorek was a much better team, yet vastly inferior to Durham-Paciorek.

The greatest White Sox announcing team was Harry Caray and Jimmy Piersall, but they'd abuse the home team in ways ownership would never allow today.
   18. Cabbage Posted: March 13, 2013 at 09:55 PM (#4388000)
I believe he refers to broken bat hits as Matt Abatacolas. I've yet to meet a person who knows why.

Gotcha, thanks.
   19. Halofan Posted: March 13, 2013 at 10:49 PM (#4388029)
The tape of Vin Scully announcing Don Drysdale's death brings tears and I hate the Dodgers. Vin waited until late in the game to bring the subject up and did it coming back from a commercial in the seventh inning.
   20. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: March 13, 2013 at 11:19 PM (#4388042)
Vin waited until late in the game to bring the subject up and did it coming back from a commercial in the seventh inning.

they couldn't find his wife (Ann Meyers), so they didn't want to announce it publicly until she had been informed

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