GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Ken "Hawk" Harrelson was talking a few weeks ago with his good friend, Dewey Tomko, who is an expert poker player but more of a casual baseball fan. Tomko asked the White Sox television play-by-play announcer an important question.
"He asked me, 'Is there a chance there could be a White Sox-Cubs World Series?'" Harrelson said. "I said, 'Dewey, for the first time in my career, yes, there's a definite chance it could happen.'"
Harrelson made this comment during a 10-minute sitdown with MLB.com on Wednesday, as he approaches his 31st season in the White Sox television booth. The colorful broadcaster almost always has his cup half-full of optimism, although he did admit that the 2013 White Sox season was the worst season he has experienced as an announcer or a player.
But with the vast changes made on both sides of town during one of the most baseball buzzworthy offseasons in Chicago in recent memory, Hawk has picked the Cubs to win the National League Central and the White Sox to win the American League Central in 2015. He couldn't think of another general manager who has turned a ballclub around with the expertise of Rick Hahn on the South Side, and feels hiring Joe Maddon as manager stands as the best move made by the Cubs since president of baseball operations Theo Epstein has been there.
"Now this is going to be an exciting season for Chicago on both sides of town," Harrelson said.
As for what a World Series between the Cubs and White Sox would feel like or look like, Harrelson smiled and responded, "Just let your mind run wild."
Said Harrelson: "It would be awesome. And we deserve it."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.