Harry Kalas, 1936-2009

Per Todd Zolecki’s Twitter: Harry Kalas passed away today after passing out in the broadcast booth.

This is extremely sad news, as I, along with millions of Phillies fans, grew up listening to him call the Phillies games day in and day out. It will be extremely difficult to enjoy Phillies games without his legendary voice — his legendary home run calls.

I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say that I’m thrilled he got to see one more World Champion before his time was up.

One of my favorite calls:

Looking for the signature Chase Utley moment? It came on Aug. 9, 2006, when he motored home from second base to score on a routine ground ball in a 9-3 victory over Atlanta.

Chase Utley, you are the man!” Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Kalas gushed from the booth.

Click here to listen to his World Championship call and to see him throw out the first pitch of the 2009 season. It was extremely difficult to get through but so worth it.

Click here for a previous post on Harry Kalas, which has a link to a radio interview with Angelo Cataldi.

Fantasy League Week 1 Recap

It was an unsuccessful week for yours truly in the Crashburn Alley fantasy league. Toothsome out-hit and out-pitched me, winning 6 of the 8 categories and tying me in another. Congratulations to him and to teams Cust’s Club, Jack Bauer’s Army, Todak, and Shooter’s Swingers for winning their Week 1 match-ups. A recap:

Crashburn Alley Fantasy Baseball Week 1

The leaderboards:

Crashburn Alley Fantasy Baseball Week 1

The standings:

Crashburn Alley Fantasy Baseball Week 1

I will have a series preview of the Phillies/Nationals series up later this afternoon, probably around 5 PM EST.