If there’s two people in baseball that you would not expect to become BFFs forever, it would be Chicago White Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson and umpire “Country” Joe West.
First, a refresher. Harrelson is known for his combustible style of broadcasating, especially when it comes to umpires who he think have given the southsiders the short end of the stick. On at least one memorable occasion, West has been the target of his indignity. Remember this classic rant?
So when Harrelson went on a CSN Chicago podcast and talked about playing a round of golf with the umpire/singer, well, it’d be enough to make you spit out your coffee.
“Joe West is the best umpire in the game, he and I butted head for thirty years,” Harrelson said.
Harrelson and West had been at odds for a long time, but their relationship came about when Harrelson visited the umpires’ locker room a few years ago. It was after West returned from throat cancer and Harrelson buried the hatchet, wishing him good health. Since that time they became friends, even though they might have had their disagreements over the years.
Here’s the photo evidence!
One of the biggest shockers of 2016: Hawk Harrelson and umpire Joe West actually became friends, golf buddies. pic.twitter.com/hhpg5iCsT4
— Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) December 28, 2016
By the way, those two guys in that picture would be the same two below.
"Joe West is becoming a joke to the umpiring profession" – Hawk Harrelson
— Tyler Davey (@TylerD_11) September 7, 2013
I asked Hawk Harrelson about Joe West on Tuesday. Can't repeat what Hawk said here. Not rated-G.
— Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) August 25, 2010
Hawk Harrelson's complaining about ump Joe West has reached epic levels. He just suggested Sox do "cross up" to hit West with pitch.
— Aaron Gleeman (@AaronGleeman) August 22, 2010
In a year where we are so divided as a country, a culture, and a society, can’t a Joe West-Hawk Harrelson bromance give us all hope that we can come together for the betterment of the world? We can all dream, right?