White Sox Vs. Cubs: Jeff Samardzija Talks Hawk Harrelson, Pale Hose

Mar 23, 2012; Salt River Pima-Maricopa, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija on the mound in the second inning against the Colorado Rockies at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-US PRESSWIRE

Before his Friday start against the White Sox, the Cubs' Jeff Samardzija joked about announcer Hawk Harrelson.

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija spoke with reporters on Thursday about his upcoming start on Friday afternoon against the Chicago White Sox, poking fun at White Sox broadcaster Hawk Harrelson among other things. The former Notre Dame wide receiver grew up in Indiana, not especially far from the south side of Chicago.

Asked if he had any favorite call from Hawk as a kid, Samardzija responded:

There was a lot of them, man, a lot of good ones. I always liked the ones where he just didn't talk for about an inning and a half. And then all of a sudden, you know, he'd be like, 'The 2-2, two outs,' and I mean, where were the other 15 pitches that happened during the inning?

At this point, it's hard not to think of Harrelson when thinking of White Sox baseball. Since 1990, Harrelson has been the primary play-by-play announcer for the team. On Friday afternoon at 1:10, the Cubs are hosting the White Sox with Samardzija taking the mound for his eighth start of the year.

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