Instead of having it buried in the comment section, I thought I would add a couple of things to what wrote about Hawk Harrelson, before my baseball blogging license is revoked. (I especially say this considering that Baseball Primer has decided to link my piece. Since the writers there have ignored me in the past like hot women do them at parties, I’m sure they finally chose this piece of mine since they knew that many of their readers would savor having me as their new favorite whipping boy. Considering I make most of my living in a profession where I deal with drunk hecklers on a regular basis, I can take it. Thank you Sir, can I have another?)
I used to listen to Hawk a lot, when he and Wimpy Paciorek were doing the games because they had a really fun banter together. Paciorek’s silly sense of humor kept Hawk in check sometimes and he would call Harrelson on something when he disagreed. I didn’t mention Darrin Jackson in the review, because he reminds me of so many other ex-jocks in the booth. Forgettable. I also didn’t mention Ed Farmer’s new partner, Chris Singleton, as he is much the same.
I’ve discussed broadcaster’s before and what thoroughly pisses me off is that everyone in the comments section is willing to bash away, but no one mentions anyone as being good, except for the Pope of Vero Beach. I’ve mentioned that I’ve enjoy announcers like Steve Stone, Orel Hershiser, and Rick Sutcliffe before, as they are guys who have strong opinions, plus good senses of humor. I was attacked in the comments section for liking them as well. Fine, if you feel that way, but I think you need to list what makes a good broadcaster to you to truly refute them and it would be nice to mention who you do like. Sorry, but I grade all professions on a curve. If they all suck, then it must be the toughest job on the planet.
I’ve listened to every major league radio broadcast team on XM Satellite and it’s amazing how so many of them are carbon copies of each other. I realize that unless their Daddy was a all-time great, they probably had a tough road to get into the booth, so being distinct scares them. “Let’s just try to do everything to stay under the radar, so no one in upper management decides to replace us.”
I don’t remember ever saying I thought Harrelson was a good announcer. I just think he’s better than most of the cookie cutter robots that a majority of MLB teams have hired. If you like that…REALLY PHUCKING GREAT FOR YOU, as they will only grow in the ranks. Look at what happened a couple of seasons ago with the Cubs. The players didn’t like Steve Stone being critical (honest) about some of their efforts, so the Front Office decided they would support the players and not their long-time broadcaster. Hey, I can see where that might seem like a good business decision, but the results since then have shown the Cubs to be the most disappointing team in the National League. Hmm, maybe Steve Stone should be the one putting the team together?
Let me repeat, I don’t think Hawk Harrelson is a premier type broadcaster. I don’t even listen to him that much, as I listen to Ed Farmer on radio, whenever I can. I will agree that if I wasn’t a White Sox fan, I would probably dislike the guy. Having said this, I appreciate some of his unique traits and don’t think he at the bottom of his field.
I would be interested on who you think are the Top 5 broadcasters in the game. I realize that most people never hear anyone besides their local guys and the ESPN or Fox announcers. I think people have a general bias towards their own team, so try to include people who aren’t part of this group.
Oh and if I wasn’t taking a shellacking enough, I see where Bob Dylan is on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Oy!
(Let me also mention that my friend, Ken Schultz has a good piece which discusses my favorite topic, Scott Long. Well, to be more specific he calls me out for not bashing Hawk. Check it out at his myspace blog. Taking shots from a Cub’s fan and still linking them on my blog. I must be a masochist.