Great Moments In MLB Homerism

Monday, June 25, 2007


You all know AA's stand on Homerism by now. It gets annoying occasionally, but most of the time it's just ridiculous and funny (I.E.- Suzyn Waldman). Well, I've got multiple emails recently regarding one particular Homer, and yesterday he finally went over the top.

Calling the Sox-Cubs game on Sunday one Hawk Harrelson took his homerism to such a ridiculous level that he almost cursed on-air three times. Even after the play was correctly explained to him he stayed on his rant. Here's the MLB description of the play....

With runners on first and second and nobody out, Mark DeRosa lined a pitch from Boone Logan over the head of right fielder Rob Mackowiak. Felix Pie, the runner on second, moved back to the base to tag, while Pagan, the runner on first, went full steam ahead. This confusion eventually led to a series of rundowns, resulting in Pagan getting nailed at second by shortstop Juan Uribe and then Pie getting tagged out at home by third baseman Josh Fields.

That odd double play didn't hold up. Second-base umpire Ed Rapuano had signaled obstruction against Uribe when Pagan ran into him at second, leading to all three runners being ruled safe after a play was made on Pagan. Guillen tried to get an explanation on the call for a few minutes, following a long discussion amongst the umpires, before West tossed him.

"He got two outs and he ended up getting no outs, and that's why Ozzie said, 'You're just going to have to kick me out. I can't take that,'" explained West, the crew chief. "He didn't use any profanity; he was very gentlemanly. He is going to stick up for his players, and we don't blame him."
It seemed pretty obvious to everyone in attendance that that was the call. Well not to Hawk (and his partner Darrin Jackson). Harrelson called the play B.S. three times, called it a triple play at one point (only two runners were tagged), and proclaimed that a protest would be upheld. If Hawk had been listening to the voice of Cubs' Radio, Pat Hughes, and his partner he would have avoided the whole thing.
"There's going to be interference called on the shortstop, [Juan] Uribe," Hughes said. "The runner from first was [Angel] Pagan. He smacked into the shortstop as he tried to round second base. And now the umpires will get together and sort it all out."

Farmer's analyst, Chris Singleton, also noticed the interference. "Pagan and Uribe bumped pretty hard," he said. "That threw Pagan off."
The video below if pretty choppy, but you can hear the whole 9-minute exchange. I understand you have a rooting interest in the team Hawk, but just calm down and get all the facts before you go all crazy on the viewing audience.


"This is absolute B.S. There should be two out and a man on second. And they've got the bases loaded and no out. Dadgum right this game's going to be played under protest."- Harrelson

White Sox drop Interleague finale to crosstown rival Cubs (MLB.com)
Only Cubs' Hughes nails crazy sequence (Chicago Tribune)

(Special thanks to reader/commenter PM for the video)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 10:11 AM

12 Comments:

Nice how during all this review that Comcast failed to shwo any replay of the Obstruction at 2nd base...

Jamie said...
Jun 25, 2007, 11:03:00 AM  

I think this is more ComCast fault then Hawk's. No one in the stands had any clue what was going on. If you did not see Pagan run into Uribe during live play you had no clue what was going on.

Brett said...
Jun 25, 2007, 12:22:00 PM  

Here's some reading for you on the grading the Chicago announce teams.

http://chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/cs-070621teddy,1,7862255.column

Steve said...
Jun 25, 2007, 12:38:00 PM  

As a Sox fan, I never watch their games on TV with the volume on. Hawk and DJ are the worst broadcasting duo in Chicago, including Hughes and Santo. I like enthusiasm for the team, but if I wanted analysis like that, I'd just ask my drunken Irish neighbor.

Anonymous said...
Jun 25, 2007, 12:49:00 PM  

Hawk is a moron...I absolutely hated when he used to do the Yankees games.

Mantlemurcer said...
Jun 25, 2007, 12:57:00 PM  

Just an FYI for future use... if, for some reason, you find yourself needing to torture me for some sensitive information, force me to watch and listen to Hawk do play by play. I'll fold like a $2 suitcase.

Bruce said...
Jun 25, 2007, 3:40:00 PM  

Joe West got nothin' on Enrico Pallazzo.

GMoney said...
Jun 25, 2007, 3:57:00 PM  

correct me if I'm wrong AA, but wasn't that the only local broadcast of the game? So the viewing audience of (probably) more than 50% Cubs fans had to deal with that homerism! now THATS bs

WCT said...
Jun 25, 2007, 8:15:00 PM  

Very very correct WCT....excellent point.

Awful Announcing said...
Jun 25, 2007, 8:17:00 PM  

that was NOT the only local braodcast of the game, WGN also broadcast it, brenly and kasper went straight to the rule book, which they keep in the booth, contra hawk and dj, and noted that the umps had gotten the play right. they remained mature and objective, witholding their vitriol until the play was over. hawk and dj were bad ballplayers, bu they're even worse announcers. WGN TV radio and tv crews got it right and the Sox radio crew (WSCR 670 AM) got it right. hawk and dj are boobs.

pm said...
Jun 25, 2007, 9:02:00 PM  

my mistake

WCT said...
Jun 26, 2007, 10:32:00 AM  

i love baseball and would be a white sox fan if it weren't for harrelson. (it's so painful to be a cubs fan) anyway, the guy is insufferable - why do we have a complete moron who talks like a hillbilly announcing in chicago? ('he gone' makes my skin crawl!) i learned a ton about baseball from listening to jimmy piersall and it seems obvious that part of the reason kids today don't appreciate the game is because they simply aren't learning about it - all they get is stupidity and blank air space from dopes like harrelson. how can we get rid of him?

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Jun 28, 2007, 12:43:00 PM  

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