Harrelson says he won't change style

Associated Press  |  Last updated June 01, 2012
Chicago White Sox TV broadcaster Ken ''Hawk'' Harrelson says he snapped when he went on a tirade criticizing an umpire this week and will try not to let it happen again. Harrelson spoke with baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and team owner Jerry Reinsdorf after the outburst. he said Friday he can't guarantee a repeat won't occur. ''I didn't talk to the commissioner. The commissioner talked to me. I didn't talk with Jerry, Jerry talked to me,'' Harrelson said Friday. Without a warning, umpire Mark Wegner ejected Chicago rookie starter Jose Quintana in the fourth inning Wednesday in a game at Tampa Bay after he threw a pitch behind the Rays' Ben Zobrist. An inning earlier, White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski had been hit by a pitch. Harrelson ranted in the booth at Wegner. ''I'll tell you what, they have got to start making guys be accountable. That is totally absurd. Here's an umpire in the American League that knows nothing about the game of baseball,'' Harrelson said on the air. White Sox manager Robin Ventura was also ejected for arguing the call. Harrelson wouldn't divulge the specifics of his converations with Selig and Reinsdorf. ''It was one of those things that happens,'' said Harrelson, a former major leaguer now in his 28th season in the White Sox booth. ''I'll tell you I'm going to do everything in my power not to let it happen again, but who can say? ... I've snapped before. ... Bud is the boss and Jerry is the boss. Let's put it that way. It's one of those situations that if I can tell you right now it won't happen again, I mean it. But I couldn't guaratee it.'' Harrelson said he'd been complimentary of the job umpires had done most of the season, but when Quintana got tossed, he snapped. ''I said it. It's out there,'' Harrelson said. And the veteran broadcaster also added he'll continue to be himself and won't change his style. ''If I do that, I'll quit,'' he said.
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