Posts Tagged ‘Harry Kalas’
Shortly after the untimely passing of Harry Kalas on April 13th of last year, the Phillies did the right thing and dedicated the television broadcast booth in his name. It was an honor they also bestowed upon his best friend Whitey Ashburn on the radio side, and now they both have shiny new plaques hanging under their respective booths for all Citizens Bank Park goers to see.
Earlier today, the Phillies Twitter account gave us a glimpse of the Harry one, and it’s beautiful. Have a look:
I’m sure most of you remember this, but it’s always nice to reminisce…
Back on August 9th of 2006, the Philadelphia Phillies were in Turner Field for the rubber match in a 3-game set vs. the Braves. The Phils entered the top of the seventh inning down 3-1 with their 7-8-9 hitters due up (who were, by the way: Mike Lieberthal, Abe Nunez, and pinch-hitter Chris Roberson) against Atlanta reliever Tyler Yates. Miraculously, Lieberthal drew a walk, Nunez hit a single to left field, and Roberson bunted them over to make it 2nd & 3rd with 1 down. After back-to-back walks to Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino — which forced a run in — Bobby Cox played the percentages and brought a fresh lefty named Macay McBride into the game to face Chase Utley.
So Chase works a 2-2 count on McBride before crushing a pitch into the gap in left-center clearing the bases and giving the Phillies a comfortable 5-3 lead. On the next pitch to Ryan Howard, he hits a dribbler up the first base line and Chase — who was off with the pitch — never stopped running and scored from 2nd base on a ball hit about 60 ft. Surely Harry The K never saw anything like it, so he came out with his now-legendary “Chase Utley, you ARE the MAN!” line. Watch:
After the jump, check out video of DNL the following day when Michael Barkann shows Chase the clip of Harry’s call. It’s pretty damn cool.
I know you’re depressed this morning (like I am). But just remember — if you’re a fan of a particular baseball team, and you devote entirely too much time and energy into following your favorite squad (like I do), you may never witness a run quite like the run the Phillies have been on for the past year and a half. Yeah, I know you wanted that second straight World Series trophy (and subsequent bragging rights for the next year), but when it came down to it, the Yankees had three solid starters take the mound for two starts each, and we had Cliff Lee. It’s disappointing, sure, but in a short series like this, sometimes things just don’t go your way. The Yankees were better in the key spots all series long, and just outlasted us for six games. No use complaining about it.
In a way, this year was more fun last. There’s a certain confidence you get after your team wins the World Series. In 2008, a lot of people were just waiting for something bad to happen, like they knew that Philadelphia couldn’t possibly win a championship. This year? Complete 180°. No matter the situation, no matter how many runs we were down or who was up at the plate, you kinda expected the team to win. And that, folks, is a good fucking feeling.
It would’ve been pretty sweet to take down those Yankees — especially if we could have come back from a 3-1 series deficit — but alas, it wasn’t meant to be. But we made Harry the K proud. And that run by the Phillies this year kept his memory alive. Any time I see some highlights of 2009 or recall a particular game, the first thing I’ll think about is that HK patch.
Thanks, Phillies. And thanks to every single one of you who stopped by The Fightins in 2009. We ain’t going nowhere.
I’ll leave you with this, a post-game quote from Jayson Werth brought to us by the Twitter feed of John R. Finger:
I still fucking love this team.
That picture of a 2-foot cake version of the late Harry Kalas showed up on the Phillies Twitter feed last night prior to the Phillies 8-6 beating of the New York Yankees. According to the Inquirer‘s Gonzo, Cosmi’s Pastries made the cake in hopes of getting the FOX crew to show it on TV, thus earning the South Philly bakery some free national pub. Unfortunately for Cosmi’s, those beat reporters in the press box got their grubby little hands on the thing before any TV cameras could get near it.
Although to be honest, I highly doubt FOX would’ve shown that thing — they don’t have much time for nonsense like this when there’s some good Derek Jeter fellating to be done.
Gonzo also shares this choice line with us — when someone asked if the Harry Kalas cake was in poor taste, one of the witty beat reporters goes, “No – Harry’s delicious.” HI-YOOOOO!
Hey Fightins Fans (and you, DMac), how’s it hangin’? After taking in Game 5 down at the ballpark on Wednesday, we had a few days to soak up the fall weather and wait for the Yankees to finish off the Angels. When it became apparent Saturday’s game in The Bronx was a washout, me and my buddy All Proper Mark, five year season ticket partners in the front row of Section 236, decided to make an alternate baseball day of it in the Delaware Valley.
In the most touching tribute of the night, the Phillies all marched out to left field after clinching their 3rd straight NL East title to huddle around the Harry Kalas billboard, pay their respects, and douse it with champagne and beer.
An extremely classy move by the Fightins.
Watch it for yourself, after the jump.
UPDATE: Fresh off the Twitter, thanks to @ToddZolecki:
THAT is freaking awesome.
In this first edition of ‘Phun Phanatic Phlashback Phriday!’ (which will coincidentally be the last edition), watch as the Phillie Phanatic spots a man sitting in the middle of the row near the Phillies dugout, then proceeds to walk over towards him, stand on top of him, and swing his enormous Galapagosian sack all about the guy’s eyes and head. As an added bonus, it happened against the Rockies last year so you get to hear that lovely baritone voice of Harry Kalas paired with Sergeant Matthews.
It might just be the largest public tea-bagging in recorded history.
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