‘Hawk’ says no land­ing in Wrigley

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE - Com­piled by Jeremy Muck

Ken “Hawk” Har­rel­son is sched­uled to re­tire as the Chicago White Sox TV play-by-play broad­caster af­ter the 2018 sea­son.

There’s one sta­dium Har­rel­son is not plan­ning on work­ing at dur­ing his re­duced 20-game sched­ule next sea­son: Wrigley Field, the home of the White Sox’s crosstown ri­val Chicago Cubs.

Har­rel­son, 75, told the Chicago Tri­bune that he’s told White Sox owner Jerry Reins­dorf he doesn’t want to work any of the White Sox-Cubs games at Wrigley Field in 2018.

The Cubs, Har­rel­son said, are the one team he’d like to see the White Sox beat more than any­one in ma­jor league base­ball. But his dis­like of the Cubs ex­tends to the team’s fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing the press box and vis­it­ing club­house.

“I’ll tell you this much, I’ll never go back to Wrigley Field again,” Har­rel­son said. “Worst press box, worst booth for tele­vi­sion. It’s a joke. It re­ally is.

“So Ja­son [Benetti] is get­ting ready for those [games] at Wrigley. I’ll never step foot in that ball­park again. Ever.”

Wrote Chris Cwik of Ya­hoo! Sports: “We didn’t ask him if you can put that on the board, but we’re guess­ing he would say ‘yes.’ ”

Costly birds

The Atlee (Va.) Lit­tle League soft­ball team was dis­qual­i­fied from its World Se­ries cham­pi­onship matchup over what of­fi­cials said was an in­ap­pro­pri­ate so­cial me­dia post­ing.

Atlee was dis­qual­i­fied by Lit­tle League of­fi­cials Sat­ur­day morn­ing, just hours ahead of the cham­pi­onship game against Poland, Ohio, which was broad­cast live on ESPN2 when Kirk­land, Wash., took Atlee’s place. Poland won the game 7-1.

The Rich­mond Times-Dis­patch re­ported that an Atlee team mem­ber posted a photo on the so­cial me­dia ap­pli­ca­tion Snapchat show­ing six of the girls giv­ing the mid­dle fin­ger. The post was di­rected at the host team from Kirk­land, which Atlee de­feated in the semi­fi­nals 1-0, with the caption, “Watch out host.”

Dave Lawrence, a colum­nist for the Times-Dis­patch, wrote that he was ap­palled by Lit­tle League’s lack of trans­parency in this mat­ter.

“I have no doubt that the post vi­o­lated some Lit­tle League poli­cies,” Lawrence wrote. “But what, specif­i­cally, are those poli­cies? I have thrice asked Lit­tle League spokesman Kevin Foun­tain what they are: twice by email, once by phone. I have yet to get a re­sponse.

“I have [thrice again] asked the Lit­tle League spokesman what the stated penal­ties are for such in­frac­tions. Any proper pol­icy, rule or reg­u­la­tion spec­i­fies the rel­e­vant penalty for a mis­deed. [I’ve been to one court or an­other enough times in my life to know that.]

“Even in sports, we spec­ify the rules — and, more im­por­tant, the penal­ties for break­ing them. In foot­ball, un­sports­man­like con­duct is worth 15 yards. In ice hockey, a foul deed is worth two, maybe five min­utes in a penalty box — maybe less if the other team scores a goal while your penalty-killing unit is on ice.

“So, again, where does it say that what the Atlee kids in­volved did mer­its a dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion?

“I did note that some Lit­tle League codes of con­duct spec­ify that un­sports­man­like be­hav­ior should ini­tially be han­dled by the coach. Re­peat of­fenses are han­dled by folks higher up the Lit­tle League food chain. I pointed that out to the Lit­tle League spokesman.

“Again, no an­swer so far.”

AP file photo

Wrigley Field will host part of next year’s Crosstown Se­ries be­tween the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox, but it will not host a White Sox broad­caster in his fi­nal sea­son.

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