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Old 08-03-2018, 03:37 PM
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In contrast, DJ came into his own after he went to radio.
DJ is vastly better now than he was when he first moved over to the radio booth, but IMO he's still not very good. He really seems like he's trying too hard to match the out-sized, oddball personalities he's in the booth with and it just doesn't work for him.
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Old 08-03-2018, 04:02 PM
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That would be interesting, both Melton and Hawk could tell some great stories from those days, of course Hawk was trying to be a PGA player right around the time Melton won the HR champioship. I still wonder how good of a career Melton would have if not for the back injury.



Yes and it wouldnt be the back slapping contest that we will hear.
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Old 08-03-2018, 04:37 PM
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Yes and it wouldnt be the back slapping contest that we will hear.
Did they not get along?
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Old 08-04-2018, 01:06 PM
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I love Hawk. There won't be another one like him.
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Old 08-04-2018, 08:56 PM
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I love Hawk. There won't be another one like him.
I loved Hawk when they were winning. 2000-2008 was awesome. 2007 and 2009 and later Hawk just seemed like he had checked out. He seemed frustrated about the direction of the team and languishing in mediocrity. I loved Hawk during the 2000s. After 2011, Hawk was insufferable.
In any event, this is my favorite Hawk moment of all time:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5onz33dAj8
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Old 08-05-2018, 09:16 AM
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I would turn on games just to listen to Hawk. Even when they were getting blown out.

I get annoyed with Benetti quite a bit. His home run call and overall enthusiasm seems very fake. His neediness is over the top and seems forced. Soxmath is dumb. Sticks and Stones is pretty lame too.
No one cares about Steve Stone's pitching career anymore.

Stone has a lot of great insight, but comes off as hating his job. I'd rather see him in the dugout since he predicts every decision and the results of every decision made by Ricky.

I miss Hawk.
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Old 08-05-2018, 09:33 AM
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His reactions always got me https://youtu.be/a57PqAvsSCo
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Old 08-05-2018, 12:17 PM
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Did they not get along?

Im not sure but its strange that I never see their paths cross after all these years both working for Sox broadcasting.
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Old 08-05-2018, 12:24 PM
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Im not sure but its strange that I never see their paths cross after all these years both working for Sox broadcasting.
I ran into Melton at a golf outing in the early 90s and he seemed like a great guy.

My favorite Hawk moment was the call on the Joe Crede WO homer in 2005 against the Tribe when our 15 game lead had dwindled down to 2.5 games.

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Old 08-05-2018, 01:13 PM
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His reactions always got me https://youtu.be/a57PqAvsSCo
Me and Hawk pretty much have the same reactions.

I like that he is/was a voice for the die hard fan.
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Old 08-07-2018, 09:19 PM
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Have been going through the Sports Illustrated vault for a White Sox project and found an interesting nugget from 1984.

Apparently Hawk was being courted by ABC to join their Monday Night Baseball telecasts.

Hawk said he turned the down because he didn't want to be away from the Sox for that long extended weekend and that he didn't like the way ABC handled those telecasts. He was quoted in the story as saying ABC didn't really care about the game but simply were using it to promote their shows.

Hawk almost went national! LOL

I know he and Cosell were friends in fact during the Sox telecast of Seaver's 300th win in August 1985, Howard joined Hawk and Don in the booth for a few innings and was complimentary towards them both. (Of course Cosell worked with Don on ABC broadcasts in the past...)
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Old 09-02-2018, 01:21 PM
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It's Hawk day at the ballpark. Hawk is speaking as I type. Thought I'd put this in this thread. Looks like a nice tribute so far.
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Old 09-02-2018, 02:14 PM
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What a great speech! I am going to miss him dearly. He's my second favorite sports broadcaster all time behind Pat Foley. I'm so glad I got his alarm clock at a game last year.
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Old 09-02-2018, 05:04 PM
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Saw Hawk outside of the old Arlington Stadium after a Rangers game .. i brought my hockey loving nephew Jake, to the game, to try to get him interested in baseball .. we were waiting out front for a ride and i saw Hawk who was waiting for something also .. i said hi, and we talked, and he talked to my nephew about playing baseball .. Jake was impressed and he did start playing baseball, but even though he inherited his father's (who played minor league ball) ability to hit and throw, he just never fell in love with baseball like his dad and i did .. but at least i got to see him play a couple of years of organized baseball .. Thanks Hawk..
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Old 09-03-2018, 04:26 PM
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It so much of a life thing, you know?
Being 39, I can remember sitting on my grandfather’s lap, watching Hawk and Drysdale. My father used to quote Hawk all the time.

Fast forward to dental school and joining this wonderful group of people at WSI. My wife, working two jobs to get us through school, used to surprise me with the Extra Innings package, and I’d have Hawk’s voice running through the apartment nightly. That was the 2002-2006 era.

I agree that he became tough to listen to as the years and futility passed, but his voice has just been there throughout my life. I find myself watching Sox games with Farmer and DJ’s radio broadcast going in the background.

It has always been awesome knowing that the guy who calls the games feels wins and losses more than the greatest fans do. That is a wonderful thing, and I will miss it dearly.
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