City Series turns into reality show with John Lackey as villain

White Sox announcer Ken “Hawk” Harrelson ripped Cubs pitcher John Lackey again Wednesday night, shortly before Anthony Rizzo professed his love for Lackey.

Meanwhile, Lackey was telling reporters to mind their own business and stop “stirring” things up.

Inexplicably, even before Wednesday night’s game on the South Side, the 2017 City Series had evolved into one of those cheesy reality shows where the drama seems manufactured.

Forget about the strong outing by Jake Arrieta, Rizzo’s bases-clearing triple off James Shields in the fifth or “can you top this” catches in left by Melky Cabrera and Jon Jay.

This series has been all about Lackey, a perfect reality-show villain who doesn’t care if you like him or not.

This particular episode revolved around three characters, some hit batsmen and a brief dugout disagreement caught on camera.

Harrelson claimed Lackey was “full of (expletive)” for insisting he didn’t throw at Sox hitters in Game 2.

Rizzo denied he had a beef with his teammate Lackey despite videotaped evidence of their “debate.”

And Lackey was just being Lackey.

As for the primary plot line, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said it was “kind of funny because there’s really nothing to it,” wondering aloud how reporters could see any alleged confrontation all the way from the press box. Maddon was informed it was caught on video and replayed on a station owned in part by the Cubs.

“Really innocuous,” he said. “Two things — there’s really nothing to report. And second of all, if there is a little of that that occurs, there’s nothing wrong with guys calling b.s. on somebody else in a moment. But that’s not what happened (Tuesday).”

But if it did, it was no big deal.

Lackey concurred. Last month, a real estate company sent an email asking if the Tribune could use a “nugget about John Lackey buying a home in Hawaii’s most prestigious private…

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