Change after the rant? Hawk would rather quit

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Change after the rant? Hawk would rather quit

By Paul LaTour
CSNChicago.com contributor

Ken Hawk Harrelson wants to say it wont happen again. The next time he disagrees with an umpire decision, Harrelson said hell do his best to not criticize the umpire on air as he did with Mark Wegner during Wednesdays White Sox road game against Tampa Bay.

That doesnt mean it wont happen again.

Im going to do everything in my power not to let it happen again, Harrelson said Friday before the Soxs series opener against Seattle at U.S. Cellular Field. But who can say? Ive snapped before. If I tell you right now it wont happen again, I mean it. But I couldnt guarantee it.

Harrelson heard from commissioner Bud Selig and team owner Jerry Reinsdorf in the wake of his latest outburst. He wouldnt say exactly what was said, though he did say he wasnt told he had to apologize. He also said the conversations were decidedly one-sided.

As you all know, Im not afraid of many things, but if it had been a fight they would have called it in the first round, Harrelson said on the steps of the Sox dugout after he talked with general manager Kenny Williams.

Harrelsons rant has been the talk of the Internet for the past two days. Deadspin posted something about it before the game had even ended. Transcriptions and video replays are available with a simple search.

Yet somehow many of the Sox players claim they havent seen or heard the tirade.

I havent heard what Hawk said, but I bet its pretty funny, Adam Dunn said.

Ive heard some rumors about this, but I havent even heard what happened, Gordon Beckham said. Somebody said something that Hawk was pretty fired up about the ejection, but I promise you I havent heard it.

I still havent heard it, but I hear other people talking about it, manager Robin Ventura said. Again, were worried about what were doing, and not the peripheral things that go on around it.

A.J. Pierzynski also said he hadnt heard it in turning down a request to talk about it.

While they didnt want to discuss the actual incident, players were responsive to questions about having a guy like Harrelson in the booth ready to defend them so vehemently.

Hawk is a big proponent of ours and wants us to do well, Beckham said. Its always nice to have somebody in the booth who is behind you, good or bad, rain or shine.

Harrelson said he plans to address the matter on air in tonights broadcast, and then put it to rest. Hes hoping others will do the same. But he insists he'll never change his style in the broadcast booth.

If I do that Ill quit, he said.

Preview: Carlos Rodon makes season debut as White Sox face Yankees on CSN

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Confident Jose Quintana gets 'back to who he's always been'

Confident Jose Quintana gets 'back to who he's always been'

The White Sox said all along they were confident Jose Quintana would rebound and now that he has no seems the least bit surprised.

Quintana provided yet another round of proof that he’s far removed from those May woes when he silenced the New York Yankees on Tuesday night. While the left-hander earned a no decision, he was rewarded when the White Sox rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Yankees at Guaranteed Rate Field. Quintana finished June with a 1.78 ERA.

“We have a very good relationship, very good communication,” teammate Jose Abreu said through an interpreter. “When (Quintana) was passing through that, the first two months, I let him know, just keep your confidence, don’t hesitate, do your job, keep working hard because we have confidence in you. Now he’s just showing us what he’s capable of doing and doing what he’s been doing his whole career. We’re glad he’s the same Jose Quintana he’s been the last couple of years.”

Quintana has gone from a period where many of his mistakes got hit to a spot where he’s been borderline untouchable. He limited the second-best offense in the American League to two hits and four walks in 6 1/3 scoreless innings on Tuesday. With good fastball command and a sharp curve, Quintana had New York hitters out of whack.

This is a much different pitcher than the one who was tagged by the Boston Red Sox on May 30, an outing after which he said he was embarrassed. Since losing to Boston, Quintana has lowered his ERA from 5.30 to 4.37. In that span, Quintana has allowed 21 hits and six earned runs with 12 walks and 30 strikeouts in 30 1/3 innings.

“Sometime bad games are going to happen,” Quintana said. “But when it happens, I go check the video to see if I’m doing something wrong and try to make adjustments. But I feel pretty good and I have my confidence high and for me I turn the page and focus on the next one.”

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The 2016 All-Star thrived in the few instances when he got into trouble on Tuesday.

He struck out Tyler Austin with two men in scoring position to end the fourth inning and erased a leadoff walk in the fifth with an Austin Romine double play. After Quintana surrendered a two-out double to Judge in the sixth inning, he got Sanchez to pop out to strand the tying run.

Quintana only threw strikes on 55 of 101 pitches on Tuesday. But, of those 55, 10 were swings and misses.

“It's just been him commanding the zone, attacking,” manager Rick Renteria said. “A lot more strikes. He still had some at-bats today where he got to 3-2, but then he'd execute, he'd finish and make a pitch that induced a very weak fly ball or groundballs. That's who he is, I mean you all have seen him like this before. For us it's just seeing him get back to who he's always been.”