Via Hall of Very Good:
If you've never had the opportunity to listen to a Chicago White Sox television broadcast, well...you've been fortunate enough to be spared listening to the guy The Wall Street Journal calls baseball's biggest "homer.” See how each MLB broadcast team scored.
Yeah, I'm talking about Ken "Hawk" Harrelson. And, well, it shouldn't come as a shock to anyone...dude is actually proud of his "homerism.”
"You just made my day," Harrelson told The WSJ. "That's the biggest compliment you could give me, to call me the biggest homer in baseball."
But just how big of a "homer" is Harrelson?
Consider this. During one broadcast, Harrelson and broadcast partner Steve Stone were hit with 104 citations. In second place: Cleveland's broadcast team of Matt Underwood and Rick Manning … with 23.
And what exactly were the criteria?
The WSJ issued a citation to "anyone with a microphone" who used a pronoun like "we," "us" or "our" to describe the home team. Also, announcers who referred to players with "obscure pet names" or displayed "excessive moping after miscues or unrestrained glee after big moments.”
All charges good old "Hawk" is guilty of.
"Everybody I work with, I tell them, 'I announce my (butt) off for my team,'" Harrelson added. "Let's just say that if we're losing, you're going to know it...I won't sound happy."
Oh, if you have a desire to listen to some of Harrelson's best/worst Hawkisms...head on over to Heave the Hawk.
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