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SI: You retired in 2002. What do you miss the most?
Harwell: The camaraderie of the people in baseball--the players, the umpires, the writers, the broadcasters. I go into the ballpark every now and then, but I don't want to be the old guy who goes back to the office, sits in the corner and tells everybody how great the old days were. I know that syndrome, and people don't appreciate that.
SI: How badly has the steroids scandal hurt the game?
Harwell: It's been an embarrassment, but the game is a great survivor. I don't think the fans are quite as concerned about it as the people in the media are.
Harwell: Well, you have to remember that [Dapper] was a minor league catcher [laughs].
SI: Which call was your biggest thrill?
Harwell: The Bobby Thomson homer. I was on TV instead of radio, though Mrs. Harwell and I are the only people who know I was on it. I also did the Bucky Dent home run on CBS Radio. I gave Bucky a tape later when he was a coach with the Yankees. I said, "Bucky, I want to apologize for this tape. I just said, 'It's a fly ball to left.'" He said, "Well, that's what it was."