No Homers In Red Sox Broadcast Booth

Yesterday the Wall Street Journal, doing what it does best, published The Announcer-Bias Index, described as the “[n]umber of comments perceived as bias that were made by each club’s TV broadcast team over the course of one game – including the use of words like ‘we,’ ‘us’ or ‘our’; referring to a player by a nickname; or blatantly rooting for the home team.”

Interestingly, old Red Sox friend Ken “Hawk” Harrelson ranked as the biggest homer – for the Chicago White Sox.

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If you’re wondering what’s going on in the American League Central pennant race over the next week, all you need to do is tune into a Chicago White Sox telecast and listen for the voice of the team’s play-by-play man, Ken “Hawk” Harrelson.

Harrelson is, to put it diplomatically, a bit of a “homer.” In other words, he’s unapologetic about his devotion to the White Sox, the team he routinely calls “the good guys.” According to one measure, Harrelson and his booth partner, Steve Stone, make more nakedly biased statements during a single game than every other TV broadcast team in the American League combined.

“Let’s just say that if we’re losing, you’re going to know it,” Harrelson said in a recent interview. “I won’t sound happy.”

Also interestingly, Red Sox announcers Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy wound up in a five-way tie for last in the bias index:

(Sorry to point out that the Yankee broadcasters are also cellar-dwellers.)

Regardless, Don’t Go, Sox!


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2 Responses to No Homers In Red Sox Broadcast Booth

  1. Laurence Glavin says:

    “In the course of ONE GAME”? What does that prove? Last Halloween, I was in downtown Salem, Massachusetts, partly for the Hudson River School exhibition at the Peabody-Essex Museum (that’s NOT in either Peabody or Essex, so that Mitt Romney, who wonders about a lot of things such as why jet aircraft windows can’t be lowered also wonders how the PEM got its name) and to roam about the City Square to take in the sights UNTIL IT BEGAN TO SNOW LIKE CRAZY. Wow, that one-off snowstorm must mean: stay away from Salem, MA on Halloween unless you have your snow tires on.

  2. Jan Dumas says:

    It is easy to understand why the Red Sox score so low in team favoritism. Jerry is spending most of the game doing talk spots about the many companies who hire him to plug them. When a game is really off the charts he will also start offering to sell his scorecard. Don on the other hand, does a lot of non field play interviews with former players, local celebrities, what ever charity event the Red Sox Foundation is sponsoring. When they go on the road the go completely off topic and talk about every thing but the game. I still cringe when I think about the Rays game where they spent several middle innings discussing paper airplanes. The Sox were winning by a large margin and they were bored.

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