Hawk Harrelson wasn’t a happy camper on Saturday afternoon.
The homerific Chicago White Sox television announcer was calling a game against the Kansas City Royals, where the Sox were leading 7-1 in the ninth inning. It seemed like a sure victory for Chicago, but then the Royals rallied back. Kansas City touched up closer David Robertson for five runs as they managed to get on base six times as he recorded just two outs in the ninth. Reliever Tommy Kahnle came in to try to lock down the mess but allowed a game-tying double to Drew Butera which scored an inherited runner. He eventually gave up a Brett Eibner single which gave the Royals a surprise victory. The comeback was epic. Hawk wasn’t pleased.
The 74-year-old sat in silence as Royals fan cheered on. He eventually was able to muster up the words to speak. While giving the final score, Hawk sounded dejected as he was forced to recap the insane come-from-behind victory.
— Tom Fehr (@TJFsports) May 28, 2016
This isn’t the first time and probably won’t be the last time you’ll hear Harrelson go silent during a broadcast. He’s done it numerous times over the year – every which one of them has been top-notch entertainment.
Twitter wasn’t surprised with how Hawk called the play.
White Sox just blew a 7-1 lead in the 9th inning at Kansas City and Hawk Harrelson’s reaction was exactly how you think it went.
— Kenny Bybee (@KennyBybee) May 28, 2016
Elsewhere, the Royals scored seven runs in the ninth to beat the White Sox 8-7. Let's check in with Hawk Harrelson. https://t.co/IOvFv33x5y
— Mike Popovich (@mpopovichREP) May 28, 2016
I want a supercut of Hawk Harrelson stunned silences: Walk offs, 30 seconds of crowd cheering, followed by an emotionless "We'll be back"
— Kevin Pang (@pang) May 28, 2016
Watching the White Sox blow a lead so impressively must hurt for Harrelson, especially when it seemed like it was in the bag. His pain was personified by the sadness in his voice. It was a tough day for Hawk.