CHICAGO - In the waning moments of the Kansas City Royals' 4-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox, broadcaster Hawk Harrelson found himself in distress.
The White Sox were on the verge of losing their sixth game in seven days, and Harrelson was one pitch away from delirium.
"He started to look dizzy," said White Sox colour commentator Steve Stone. "Then, Paulie (Konerko) took the first pitch...Hawk saw the pitch diferently...he started to lunge...and then he just collapsed.
Home plate umpire Tony Randazzo said he felt a brisk of cold air move by him.
"It was as if the 'Ghosts of Umpire-Hating Past' moved by me. I could feel the hate. I just heard 'Joe West! Joe West!', 'Wide plate, that's a wide plate', and 'What are you doing, Wegner?!'...it was chilling. Then I saw the spirit move towards the east and it just...disappeared."
As the spirit moved towards the east, Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon could hear whispers from the light.
"I was stunned, he was so nice. He called me 'the best Kansas City Royals left handed hitting left fielder with the initials 'AG'. I thought that was really nice. Then I just heard a bunch of stuff about a Yaz...what the (exp) is a Yaz?"
Moments after the borderline pitch was called a strike, Harrelson turned to Stone for his final words:
Hawk Harrelson was pronounced dead at 4:42 Central Standard Time.