Updated: May 31, 2012 11:56AM
White Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson is a self-proclaimed, unabashed homer. He’d be the first to tell you. It was never more evident than during Wednesday’s game when home plate umpire Mark Wegner ejected White Sox starter Jose Quintana, along with manager Robin Ventura, for throwing a pitch behind Tampa Bay’s Alex Cobb in the fourth inning.
Wegner apparently felt it was retaliation for a third-inning pitch that hit Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski.
Harrelson felt—quite vehemently—Wegner was wrong.
“What are you doing? He threw him out of the ballgame? You gotta be bleepin’ me!” Harrelson screamed. “What in the hell are you doing? What are you doing, Wegner? You gotta be kiddin’ me. That is so bad, that is absolutely brutal. That is unbelievable!”
Possibly stealing a page from the Jim Leyland tirade book, Harrelson continued: “I’ll tell you what, they have got to start making guys be accountable, that is totally absurd. It just tells you, here’s an umpire in the American League who knows nothing about the game of baseball.”
Probably doesn’t even know that Harrelson played with Carl Yastrzemski.