“(The moves) sort of convinced me,” said Harrelson, 73. “They said to check the schedule and see what games I wanted to do. I was looking (at missing some games). But now with this thing, it’s going to be a fun year.”
Harrelson had talking of cutting back to spend more time with his family; he now is a great grandfather. However, he couldn’t envision sitting at home watching games on TV, especially if the Sox live up to expectations.
“I know I’d miss being there,” Harrelson said. “It would be something I’d be sorry about. These opportunities don’t come every year. Next year will be my 40th in broadcasting and 56th in baseball. You put those numbers together and say, ‘Wait a minute, we’ve got a good club. Let’s watch them play.’”
Harrelson had high praise for Sox general manager Rick Hahn.
“Some people are surprised that he’s been so aggressive,” Harrelson said. “His persona is that he’s a laid-back guy. That’s the last thing he is. He’s done a terrific job.”