I was introduced to Hawk Harrelson when I moved to Chicago in the mid 90s. At first, I kind of enjoyed his rampant homerism and found it quaint, but that only lasted a couple of months before hearing '1-0 Good Guys' a bunch of times wore me down. Since I moved back to LA, I haven't been forced to endure his schtick as much, but today was a great reminder of what a loser he really is. I watched the game on WGN, and I thought Len and Bob handled the 7th inning baserunning debacle very well. The production team did a great job of providing all the angles, and it was easy to figure out what happened. After the game, I wanted to show my dad the play on MLBTV, but unfortunately, they used the CSN broadcast.
What a contrast! Hawk reached a new unprofessional low; I couldn't figure out if it was the announcing team bitching or if someone had mic'ed the clubhouse. They couldn't take one minute to actually analyze what might have happened the way the WGN team did, and Sox fans never got one chance to see the play without an insane homer whining about how 'he saw everything' and that Ozzie should get his money's worth. Pathetic!
I grew up here in LA, despising the Dodgers, but I absolutely love Vin Scully. He's a true professional, and I think he'd sooner die than behave the way Hawk did today. He proves in every game that you can root for the team you announce for without sounding like an insane fan from the bleachers. The game is bigger than the Dodgers to Vin, and I respect him immensely. Hawk couldn't carry his microphone.
Considering the game was an intra-city matchup to boot, Hawk owed it to the fans to keep his biases on a short leash, but he failed miserably. I'd write a letter to the Sox, but to be honest, they've got bigger problems than a sucky homer announcing their games. Someday the Hawk nightmare will end, and I can't wait to finally say, "He gone!"