White Sox Announcer Vows To Never Return To Wrigley Field
Hawk Harrelson has never been accused of mincing his words, even when he maybe should.
Sometimes I feel bad making fun of Hawk. It's just too easy. I honestly think that Hawk is doing an elaborate performance bit. Something like what Andy Kauffman did, where the line between person and performer gets so blurred that not even the actor knows where the bit ends.
The bad thing about Hawk is that he's not even that good at his job. The team of Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone is regularly ranked as one of the worst in baseball. It's really hard to make Steve Stone look bad at his job but Hawk has managed to do it.
Part of the character Hawk plays is someone that is supposed to hate the Cubs. It's as if he feels that he must tear down the Northsiders every chance he can get. His latest barb came Sunday night when he made these comments totally unprovoked:
AwfulAnnouncing - We've got three games over at their place [next season], and I told [chairman] Jerry [Reinsdorf] before we came on this trip, 'I'm not going back to Wrigley Field,".... Worst press box, worst booths for television. It's a joke."
Hawk isn't the first member of the White Sox team to disparage Wrigley Field. Former manager Ozzie Guillen used to talk about the rats the size of dogs he would see in the tunnels of the 100-year-old stadium. The only difference was when Ozzie said it, it had a bit of levity to it. Hawk's statements are dripping with disdain.
When asked if he wanted to White Sox to beat his former team the Red Sox he had this to say:
I would rather beat the Cubs more than anybody, so that definitely stamps me as a White Sox guy.
I'm pretty sure that stamps you as a horrible broadcaster, but that's just my opinion.
See you later Hawk. Don't let Ronnie Woo Woo kick your butt on the way out.