Family members of Ken “Hawk” Harrelson have asked the Chicago media and team officials not to tell the 72-year-old White Sox broadcaster that closer Addison Reed was traded from the ball club.

“He just loves that boy like a son,” a cousin of Harrelson told “We’re not sure when we’ll tell Ken that Addison is gone, but you can be damn sure it won’t be during the holidays.”

Another relative said Harrelson has only recently recovered from the ball club allowing A.J. Pierzynski to become a free agent and from the release of Phillip Humber at the end of the 2012 season. “He never really got over the trades of Boone Logan and Clayton Richards and that was like 50 years ago,” the relative said.

“We make sure that each night Hawk has a nice glass of hot buttermilk to help him to sleep. There’s nights when he sleepwalks crying out for Terry Bevington and Ron Karkovice.”