Moody Column: Announcer’s in-game tirade really crossed the line
June 3, 2012
By now most baseball fans have heard the tirade delivered by Hawk Harrelson, the Chicago White Sox’s announcer, following the ejection of a White Sox pitcher for throwing behind a batter after a White Sox player was plunked by a pitch the previous inning.
Apparently, Bud Selig, the commissioner, and Jerry Reinsdorf, the White Sox owner, have talked to Harrelson about the incident. Harrelson told the Associated Press that he listened to both gentlemen, but at the end didn’t promise that it wouldn’t happen again.
The remarks he made were out of line. So what if a guy gets ejected from a game in May? Sheesh. There is plenty of baseball left to be played this season, and to get irate over an ejection this early in the year is absurd. Wait until a game really means something, Hawk. The guy deserved it, period.
Harrelson is an unabashed homer following in the footsteps of legendary Cub announcer Ron Santo. I absolutely hate it.
The Giants broadcast team of Jon Miller, Dave Fleming, Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper favor their team, but not to the level of Harrelson. I think it’s great to have an opinion, but I’d much rather listen to an objective broadcast, which I think the Giants group does a great job delivering night in and night out. I want to learn more baseball, and that’s hard to do when you have to listen to a raving lunatic who isn’t objective and just sees things one way.
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A belated congratulations to Carson High’s Eliza Matley and Douglas’ Nick Maestretti for being honored as one of the top 10 scholar-athletes in Northern Nevada.
Maestretti, a three-sport star for the Tigers, is headed to Kansas to pole vault for the Kansas Jayhawks, while Matley will be attending Stanislaus State on a basketball scholarship.
Matley quit playing soccer her senior year to concentrate on basketball, and the move paid some big dividends.
Both are very classy people, and I certainly wish them the best of luck.
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Anybody watch Saturday’s Giants-Cubs game? I forgot just how ugly some of those old throwback uniforms were from the early 1900s.
The Giants wore the jerseys from the New York Giants, while the Cubs’ jerseys, unless there was something amiss with the television set at the Appeal, appeared to be all black. Oh, well, change once in a while isn’t such a bad thing.
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