Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Phillies president Dave Montgomery stated, "We lost our voice today." That voice that we lost was Harry Kalas. It's still hard for me to believe this is real; I don't want to believe this is real. Like most Phillies fans, I grew up listening to Harry and Whitey call games. Richie "Whitey" Asburn hasn't been with us since 1997, so Harry was the only thing left for us to hold on to. He's been with the Phils through the highest of highs and lowest of lows; 38 seasons altogether. I usually don't get too sentimental or religious on this site, but I truly believe Harry and Whitey are together again in heaven. From up above they got to watch the Phils beat the Nationals yesterday in Washington, where Harry first came to love the ballgame as a boy watching the Senators play. Victorino had a touching moment after his homerun as he pointed up to the broadcast booth.
I encourage readers to visit various Phillies blogs to check out other tributes to the legendary Hall-of-Fame broadcaster Harry Kalas. The Zo Zone has collection of people's reactions from around baseball. High Cheese has photos of some Phillies players smoking a cigarette in memory of HK prior to yesterday's game.
For me, my childhood has officially ended. Many people site his Mike Schmidt 500th homerun call, or him excitedly proclaiming, "Chase Utley, you are the man!", as their favorite Harry calls. No single call stands out in my mind, it's his collective body of work that I will forever cherish. When asked the popular question, "Who would you most like to have dinner with dead or alive?", I always responded Harry Kalas; and my answer will never change. I love and miss you Harry, and so does all of baseball. I'll never forget the sweet soothing sound of your leathery voice. "And this ball is outta here!"
*Harry Kalas image courtesy of ESPN.