All of the talk on Friday night concerning the White Sox should have been the 7-4 win over the Seattle
Mariners, and the fact that they have now won nine straight games to maintain their lead over the Cleveland
Indians in the Central Division.
Instead, all of the talk centered around Sox broadcaster Ken "Hawk" Harrelson.
Harrelson had to meet with both Sox board chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, as well as MLB commissioner Bud
Selig on Thursday's off day, in the wake of Harrelson's rip job on umpire Mark Wegner from Wednesday's game
against the Rays.
It was Harrelson who had a meltdown after Wegner ejected Sox pitcher Jose Quintana for throwing behind
Tampa Bay's Ben Zobrist in the fourth inning of the Sox's 4-3 victory over the Rays. Sox catcher A.J.
Pierzynski had been hit in the back by Rays pitcher Alex Cobb an inning earlier.
When manager Robin Ventura protested, he also was ejected for the first time this year.
That led to Harrelson's tirade: "You've got to be bleepin' me! What in the hell are you doing? What are
you doing Wegner? You got to be kidding me. That is so bad that is absolutely brutal. That is unbelievable.
... I'll tell you what, they have got to start making guys more accountable. That is totally absurd. Here's
an umpire in the American League that knows nothing about the game of baseball. They have got some guys in
this league that have no business umpiring. They have no business umpiring because they don't know what the
game of baseball is about."
Harrelson said after meeting with both Selig and Reinsdorf, lesson learned.
"Bud (Selig) is the boss and Jerry (Reinsdorf) is the boss -- let's put it that way," he said. "Let's
just say I am done talking about the thing. I didn't talk to the commissioner -- he talked to me. I didn't
talk to Jerry -- he talked to me.
"As you all know, I'm not afraid of many things, but if it had been a fight, it would have been called
in the first round. It happened. I said it, and it's out there. I'll do everything in my power to not let
it happen again, but who can say. I've snapped before. I'm tired of taking Advil."
The concern would be do umpires now have an axe to grind with the Sox players because of Harrelson?
"No, they're above that," Harrelson said. "I had a problem with an umpire when I was playing, but that's
always been the case (for players and umpires). I've been complimentary toward the umpires, but when
(Wegner) threw that kid out, I was angry because he had a chance to win that game."
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