I’m only 24 years old, but I’m starting to have moments here and there of feeling “old” – and one of those moments is happening at 1:10 pm on Sunday at Guaranteed Rate Field – Ken “Hawk” Harrelson’s last call with the Chicago White Sox.
I can’t even begin to describe how sad this makes me. Hawk was the first call I ever heard for a baseball game. He’s the voice I grew up on as a White Sox fan. He’s one of my favorite Sox legends. I am sad, this is some bittersweet shit.
Hawk, I just want to thank you for giving this kid a bunch of damn good memories. From your countless calls during that epic year in 2005 to Jim Thome’s epic 500th home run call to your legendary ending of Mark Buehrle’s perfect game – you were the best there ever was.
Thank you for the countless “Hawkisms” that will live on in Chicago lore forever. The booth will never be the same without “HE GONE!”, “Mercy”, “Stretch,” “Dadgum it” and of course…”You can put it on the board, YES!”. I guess I’ll just have to continue doing it at home myself. Thanks to Heave the Hawk – we can always look up every little thing you had to say.
Most importantly – thank you for always being honest and loving the White Sox. You did it in the good times and bad times. And you always stuck up for the boys in Black and White. Whether it was Joe West giving the Sox shit or John Lackey pulling BS in the Crosstown Classic – you always told it how it was.
Chicago loves you, Hawk, and we’re gonna miss you. Stop by once in awhile – we know these young guys coming up will be worth a few “HE GONE”‘s and they’re gonna be putting a lot up on the board soon. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
It’s all yours now, Jason Benetti.
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