A/V Room: A 1991 vintage Hawk Harrelson rant

On Twitter, Chuck Garfien linked to a fun, fascinating video from the early 1990s featuring the White Sox and -- who else? -- the Texas Rangers. Seriously, did the Sox play any other teams before the strike?

The game in question is Sept. 8, 1991. Not only did the White Sox give up four unearned runs in the ninth to lose the game, but they also ended up wronged by the umpire crew, with Harrelson targeting apparent waffling by umpire Joe Brinkman.

I went to the archives for the postgame reaction, and here's what I found from the Chicago Sun-Times the next day:

The ending to the game Sunday was disputed. Manager Jeff Torborg thought only two of three runs should have been allowed when a fan touched the ball on pinch hitter Monty Fariss' two-out double down the third-base line.

In fact, that's what second-base umpire Rick Reed called - interference.

But plate ump Derryl Cousins waved everyone home.

"That's one of the worst calls I've ever seen," Torborg said. "(Relay man) Ozzie (Guillen) had the ball before the guy was around second. He (Cousins) had the nerve to tell me that guy would have scored. That's ridiculous. We worked to get that far, and he does that to us."

Left fielder Rodney McCray was surprised, too.

"He saw it, and I saw it," McCray said of Cousins. "He said the guy would have scored. I don't think he would have."

Rodney McCray! With all the mileage I log on Baseball-Reference.com, there are very few New Comiskey-era White Sox who make me think, "Wow, I hadn't thought of that guy in years." McCray is one of them. At least Rodney Bolton and I are well-acquainted.


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John Sickels has 34 White Sox prosects left to whittle down to 20, and Larry's doing work in the comments.

Scott Merkin, Doug Padilla and J.J. offer up the five biggest and/or best storylines from 2011, which kind of goes to show you how hollow the season was. I'd probably put Brent Lillibridge's various defensive heroics high on my list, because when I try to think of high-fivingly terrific moments from 2011, he had a disproportionate share of them.

James tries to lift our spirits by looking at the other American League teams being dragged down by dead weight on the balance sheets, and also ponders the differences between Gavin Floyd and John Danks.

In case you missed it in the comments yesterday, this should put a glide in your stride.

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