With HD TV technology, watching sports at home has become an amazing experience. The camera angles, the clarity, the pitch zone, all have made the game of baseball a fantastic viewing experience. However, nothing beats going to the actual game. As a sports diva, your #1 priority should be getting to a game. It’s hard to top the sights and smells of the ballpark, the excitement and suspense of the game, as well as the celebrations and memories with friends, family and even strangers. But, we realize, life gets busy and heading to the Cell is not always an option. Therefore, I have taken the liberty of putting together a little guide on how to watch and understand our beloved White Sox a la television.
Most Sox games will be on: WGN, WCIU, Comcast Sports Net
Big Match-ups and Playoffs will be on: Fox, ESPN, MLB Network.
The White Sox have two announcers, Steve Stone and Ken “The Hawk” Harrelson. The two experienced broadcasters provide information, statistics and story ines that really contribute to viewing a White Sox game.
Nickname: The Hawk
White Sox TV Play-by-Play Announcer
Hawk has been announcing for the White Sox for 22 years and best known for his catch phrases or ‘Hawkisms’. You’ll hear the following phrases a lot around the ballpark and on TV so you may want to take note:
“He Gone!” – is said when an opposing batter strikes out.
“You can put it on the board! YES!” – is said when a White Sox player hits a home run
“Sacks packed with Socks” – is said when the bases are loaded for the Sox.
“Mercy!” – is said when a White Sox player makes a good defensive play.
“Don’t stop now boys!” – is said when the White Sox score runs
“Can of Corn” – is said when an easy defensive play is/will be made
Nickname: Stone Pony, Stony
White Sox Color Commentator
Stone is one of the most respected broadcasters in Major League Baseball. He was a long time announcer for the Chicago Cubs, working along side of the great Harry Carey. Stone brings a real depth of knowledge of baseball and can often times be the “calm” one in the booth when Hawk gets worked up.
Whether you’re catching the game in a bar, at home or at a friend’s, you’ll need to know these two gentleman, as well as some ‘Hawkisms’. And also be sure to use them when watching Cubs games, the North-siders LOVE that.