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Hawk excited for baseball future in Chicago

Longtime broadcaster believes White Sox on winning track
MLB.com @scottmerkin

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Imagine an all-Chicago World Series for the first time since 1906, when the Cubs and White Sox matched up for baseball's ultimate prize, and the Fielder Jones-managed Sox won the title in six games.

Ken "Hawk" Harrelson, the White Sox iconic television voice moving into his 34th and final season in the booth covering 20 games during the 2018 season, believes that particular postseason matchup stands closer than most people think.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Imagine an all-Chicago World Series for the first time since 1906, when the Cubs and White Sox matched up for baseball's ultimate prize, and the Fielder Jones-managed Sox won the title in six games.

Ken "Hawk" Harrelson, the White Sox iconic television voice moving into his 34th and final season in the booth covering 20 games during the 2018 season, believes that particular postseason matchup stands closer than most people think.

Harrelson made that point to Cubs owner Tom Ricketts when they spoke recently during the offseason and again on Monday as the Orlando, Fla., resident held court for close to 20 minutes with the media during the Winter Meetings.

Video: Hawk Harrelson on state of announcing in baseball

"I congratulated [Ricketts] on winning a World [Series] championship," Harrelson said. "I also told him in two years from now our club is going to have a lot of fun playing his because they're not going anywhere, they're good.

"That makes it good for us because it makes us have to get better. And when you have to get better, you work a little harder, subconsciously or consciously. That's the way sports is. Inner drive, and getting that adrenaline flowing."

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Harrelson added:

"Chicago fans are going to have a wonderful next decade in baseball. They're going to have a lot of fun watching our Sox. And at least we get to play six times this year, not this ridiculous Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. Can you believe that? How bad is that. We get them on the weekend."

The Cubs host the White Sox at Wrigley Field on May 11-13, with the Cubs traveling to Guaranteed Rate Field for a series on Sept. 21-23. Harrelson believes a time is coming, quite possibly not in his lifetime, but still coming, where reorganization leads to the Cubs and White Sox playing 18 times per season.

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"Baseball is built on great players, it's built on rivalries, and it's built on tradition," Harrelson said. "We're a generational game. Football's not, basketball's not, baseball is, where you can talk to your grandchildren and relate stories more on a regular basis because there's 162 games, almost 200 counting Spring Training."

Video: Hahn feeling no pressure, pleased with progress

During the present ranging to the not-too-distant future, Harrelson will focus on the White Sox rebuild development.

"In two years, we're going to be a monster," Harrelson said. "I've never seen a team do a [rebuild] better than this one. I've never seen a team get as much back.

"It's been phenomenal. They've done their homework. I'm just ecstatic. As always, I can't wait for the season to start."

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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