Wednesday, July 06, 2005

The Hawkster

I should have posted this before - I saw it on soxtalk.com. Apparently, someone went on Friendster and posted a profile for Hawk Harrelson. If you watch a lot of White Sox baseball, you'll die laughing...this person gets Hawk to a T. Here's a link to the Soxtalk.com post that quotes the profile.

You should read the whole thing, but the "About Me" section is a riot - it's almost a transcript of Hawk's introduction to a game.

There's no question that the Hawk is a
polarizing figure. He's an unrepentant homer and his "Hawkisms" are recited so many times that I find myself being able to call a White Sox game by myself ("Get foul...it will"). But I loooove the Hawk, I admit. He makes me feel good - nay, he makes me feel right - to be a Sox fan. A boring, even-keeled announcer wouldn't make me feel that way.

I probably shouldn't admit this, but I like the Twinkies' announcers, too. At first, their homerism really got on my nerves, and I often fantasied about bringing a big foam hand with a middle finger raised to the ballpark saying "Circle this Bert!" But the truth is that the game is more interesting to watch with homers. I like to hear Blyleven's
lamentations when the Twins stink up the joint or can't get runners home from third with less than two outs. It just keeps my attention better than announcers like Kansas City's or Detroit's, who seem indifferent to the fortunes of their team.

Comments-[ comments.]
Dude once said on WGN Superstation that the WGN crew "shoots the best beaver in the Major Leauges." Gets my vote.
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