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A/V Room: A 1991 vintage Hawk Harrelson rant

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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, 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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