Alright, maybe it’s not fair for me to pick on Jack Edwards since he is toiling away in lockout-land BUT the Wall Street Journal recently did a small study to see who gets the title of ‘Biggest Homer in Baseball’ and his name was the first to come to mind when I heard the term homer.
The WSJ based their study on usage of the words ‘we’ ‘us’ and ‘our’ to describe the team (something I’m very guilty of), as well as using pet-names to describe players and very blatant pro-team outbursts.
The results were almost exactly what one would expect: Ken ‘The Hawk’ Harrelson is TERRIBLE and is named the most biased announcer in baseball. I was first introduced to his unique style of broadcasting when I lived in Arkansas and the only games I could watch were the White Sox on WGN. It didn’t take long before I became a proponent of the ‘Heave The Hawk‘ movement.
There was another non-shocking result: big market teams have less biased announcing. The Yankees, Blue Jays, Dodgers, Mets, and Red Sox all put a 0 on the scoreboard when it came to instances of blatant homerism. This is something I and a lot of Sox fans are very appreciative of. Nothing takes an observer out of the moment like the color guy using an inside-joke between himself and the player as fodder to create an unfunny nickname. Am I right, Muddy Chicken?
I salute you Remy and Don. Thanks for making a bad season fun to watch.