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Hawk Harrelson Refers to Pitcher as “Oriental”

Ken “Hawk” Harrelson is the worst, right?

On back to back days, the longtime Chicago White Sox broadcaster referred to Boston Red Sox pitcher Junichi Tazawa as, wait for it, “oriental”.  And the best/worst part about Harrelson dropping the “O-bomb” on Wednesday (he’d end up doing the exact same thing Thursday) is that it’s almost as if he’s correcting himself for already calling the pitcher “Asian”.  You know, probably remembering that he’s gotten in some hot water for stereotyping Asian pitchers in the past.

Listen to Wednesday’s slip up for yourself.

And for those of you questioning whether or not “Oriental” is the right term for an Asian-born anyone…please read what writer Jeff Yang had to say about it a while back.

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Shawn is that guy who instead of sitting there talking about the game going on around him is talking wise about the history of baseball. He believes baseball figures such as Tommy John, Harold Baines, Ron Guidry and Billy Martin deserve their own plaque somewhere if not in Cooperstown and fondly remembers the time he saw Rickey Henderson walking into a hotel with a woman on each arm following a Yankees game. You can follow him on Twitter at @HOVG.