Originally written on Hall of Very Good  |  Last updated 10/20/14

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.

Mercy.


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11 Comments:
  • Who gives S**T if he is a Homer! As a Die Hard Sox fan I would have it NO OTHER WAY!

    You can Put it on the board........YESSSSSS!

    Uecker was never a Brewer fan? WTF?
  • The 'hawk' will finally be silenced when the Sox crash and burn this weekend against the Rays.
  • Why? Is he going to have a grabber and miss the last series against the Indians?

    Actually I'm not a big Hawk fan, but I prefer my hometown broadcasters to be at least a little bit of a "homer."
  • I watch the Sox as a die hard fan. The game would be boring if not for Hawk. I look forward to his "Hawkisms" and try to guess which one is next. Sometimes a fan needs a fan on their side and Hawk fits the bill! He's forgotten more about baseball than most of us will ever know! I'm including the Sox fans who say he's gotta go!Has Chicago forgotten Harry Carey or Jack Brickhouse? Homers and proud of it! And that is just my opinion.This comment is OVAH!
  • Hawk and Stoney make the game fun. Unlike an announcer doing national games for different teams, I don't think there is anything wrong with a team's announcer being a homer. You're with that team 162 games. It is only natural for the voice of the team to develop an affinity for the group he's covering. It's ironic to me that Harry Carey, one of the biggest homers of all-time (and someone I enjoyed listening to - even as a Sox fan), is put on a pedestal while Hawk is ridiculed for doing the exact same thing.
  • The Hawk is right on the money. Scrap this political correctness garbage...call a spade a spade....that's what us real fans want
  • I have always enjoyed Hawk but sometimes he takes it too far and I have to turn the sound down. I do enjoy it when an opposing player, who he has been picking on, hits one out to win the game or makes a great defensive play and he gets slammed. For some, if you don't get tired of "Git 'er done!" then you won't get tired of "He Gone!". It still brings color (or is it off-color?) to the game.
  • It's just that he's so classless and irritating. He acts like an annoying, testosterone-riddled 22 year old male. Full of aggression. Sad for a man his age.
  • I used to really enjoy Hawk when he did color commentary with Ned Martin for the Boston Red Sox back in the day. Together they were knowledgeable about the game, the players (on field and off), the history of the game and events surrounding the game. They knew how to call the game and when to let the action speak for itself ... and they were hilarious, to boot. In my book, ChiSox fans are lucky to have Hawk.
  • Try Krukow and Kuiper of the Giants. It's disgusting.
  • I'm an Angel fan with the MLB package from Directv. When I get a chance I watch White Sox games just to hear Hawk announce the game. Every once in awhile when the Sox play "our" Angels they don't black out the WGN feed and I tune into the Hawk.
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