According to a statement released by the Washington D.C. chief medical examiner's office, Harry Kalas had high blood pressure and suffered from atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. The disease is a major cause of heart attacks and strokes because of plaque buildup restricting blood flow in arteries.
Phillies.com is reporting "to properly honor Kalas throughout the remainder of the 2009 season, players, coaches and manager Charlie Manuel will wear "HK" patches on their uniforms. The black circular patch will be located on the front of the jersey near the heart." The Zo Zone has pictures of fans honoring HK in front of the stadium.
Philadelphia Phillies (4-3) @ Washington Nationals (0-7)
Joe Blanton- 1 gm, 4 ip, 6 k, 15.75 era, 2.75 whip
Blanton stunk in his first outing of the season, and that's putting it politely. Much like the rest of the rotation, he was entirely too hittable, and ended up giving up 7 runs over 4 innings. The Phils offense fought back to win the game, thus keeping Blanton's Phillies record spotless.
Shairon Martis- 1 gm, 3 ip, 1 k, 9.00 era, 2.00 whip
Martis didn't do any better in his 2009 debut, allowing 3 runs in 3 innings, as his night was cut short by a lengthy rain delay. The 21 year old Netherlands native isn't a highly regarded prospect, but the Nationals are hoping he can hold down a spot in the rotation this year.
News & Notes:
*Delwyn Young was designated for assignment by the Dodgers, and the Phils are rumored to be interested in his services. He's a 26 year old switch-hitting outfielder with a .267 average and .725 OPS in 110 games over 3 seasons with the Dodgers. At every stop in the minors he's hit for a high average with solid pop (.303/.877, 105 hr). He'd be an upgrade over Miguel Cairo in my opinion.
*2008 draft pick Michael Stutes went 5 shutout innings for Reading in his Double A debut, picking up the win. Stutes has been very impressive in his professional career so far. Last year he went 7-2 with a 1.42 era and 0.93 whip in 69.2 ip while striking out 84 at various A-ball levels.
*Corey already suspects Mets pitcher Mike Pelfrey is probably retarded, but the video below serves as further evidence to support his claim. I love that he goofed in Citi Field's opening game, and that the Mets lost to open their new park.