Ken Harrelson admits that "something was wrong" in the White Sox broadcast booth during the last season and a half but is confident the chemistry between him and partner Steve Stone will be better this season.
On ESPN-1000's "Talkin' Baseball" show Saturday, Harrelson said "a big meeting" at SoxFest including Stone, chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, vice president and chief marketing officer Brooks Boyer and senior director of business development and broadcasting Bob Grim helped clear the air.
"We got it all out on the table and when we walked out of the meeting I felt great and Steve did too,'' Harrelson said. "Everything is going to be fine between Steve and myself. We've always had a terrific relationship. The last year and a half it hasn't been where it has been in the past. Now it's where it should be because we knew there were some problems and you know me, if there's something out there that I'm not easy with I'm going to get it out. And we talked it over and we'll get back to where we were in 2009 and '10.''
White Sox executives were concerned that the sometimes tense mood in the broadcast booth did nothing to project a fun and appealing atmosphere at U.S. Cellular Field.
"I have never worked with somebody I haven't enjoyed working with,'' Harrelson said. "I think last year was one that gave me a little more angst because Steve and I had such a good relationship. And now that it's back I can say with confidence it's back. The end result is the fans will enjoy what they saw before.''