Tagged: Harry Kalas

“We lost our voice.”

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In the pit of my stomach, something is lost and will never be replaced.
I’m watching the Phillies-Nationals in D.C. and Harry Kalas, the legendary
voice of the Phillies, is not behind the microphone. While preparing for today’s
game, he collapsed in the press box and was taken to the hospital where he was
pronounced dead. He was 73. After letting out a couple shouts of “Nooo!” in
disbelief of reading the news, I called my dad, who grew up listening to Kalas.
We agreed that it was a blessing we were able to listen to Harry a few more times during the first week of the season. I give credit to Gary Matthews Sr., Tom McCarthy, and Chris Wheeler who have
appeared on Comcast SportsNet, reminiscing about Harry just a couple hours
after his passing. Here are the two calls I will never forget from the late,
great Harry Kalas:

 

April 18, 1987:

“Swing and a long drive, there it is, number 500! The career 500th home
run for Michael Jack Schmidt!”


 

The last pitch of the 2008 World Series:

“One strike away; nothing-and-two, the count to Hinske. Fans on the their
feet; rally towels are being waved. Brad Lidge stretches. The 0-2 pitch — swing
and a miss, struck him out! The Philadelphia Phillies are 2008 World Champions
of baseball! Brad Lidge does it again, and stays perfect for the 2008 season!
48-for-48 in save opportunities, and watch the city celebrate! Don’t let the
48-hour wait diminish the euphoria of this moment, and the celebration. And it
has been 28 years since the Phillies have enjoyed a World
Championship
; 25 years in this city with a team that has enjoyed a World Championship, and the fans are
ready to celebrate. What a night!”

 

Rest in peace Harry the K, you were the best.

 

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This is what I was about to post before hearing of Harry’s passing:

 

Yesterday’s Phillies game was the first of the season that I did not
watch in its entirety. I had it muted on my computer while I watched one of the
greatest final rounds in golf history. Anyone who says golf is boring can’t say
that after yesterday’s Masters. However, I did get to see the most important
plays of the Phillies series finale in Denver (and security attempt to tackle a
fan who was on the field getting a foul ball until they released because he
FELL onto the field…riiiight). Chase Utley hit his first homer on the year to
tie the game at 5 in the 8th before Matt Stairs came through in the
clutch with a go-ahead two-run job in the 9th off Huston Street. All
of this saved Chan Ho Park from being dealt a loss after a miserable outing.

 

Abreu v. Beckett: Our
first benches clearing incident happened at Angel Stadium after Josh Beckett threw
a high and inside fastball to Bobby Abreu after the umpire granted time. It is
difficult for a pitcher to hold the ball in the situation and avoid injury, but
Abreu has reason to react because he is in a defenseless position. Talking
between both clubs ensues for several minutes and Beckett had a heated
discussion with Mike Scioscia. Nevertheless, I don’t think this series needed
any extracurricular activities after the difficult circumstance facing the
Angels.

Update: Harry’s final home run call yesterday afternoon in Denver:

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“Long drive into deep right center field, this ball is outta
here…..Matt Stairs with a two-run pinch-hit home run and the Phillies have taken
a 7-5 lead here in the 9th inning…..and have battled all the way back.”