A Goodbye To Harry


Last Saturday, April 18, I was in the Philadelphia area helping Cupcake’s daughter Lindsey and her husband move into their new house. I woke early that day and with Patrick, Lindsey’s husband, drove down to Citizen’s Bank Park to say goodbye to Harry Kalas. We got to the stadium and joined the long line of people waiting to pay their respects. The morning was nothing short of brilliant. The air was cool and the sky was a deep, beautiful blue. Not a cloud to be found anywhere. It was a perfect day for a ball game.
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Rest In Peace, Harry

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I found out this afternoon that Harry Kalas died in Washington earlier today. He was preparing to call the Nationals/Phillies game, which is going on even now as I write this.

I’ve been listening to WIP-AM, the sports talk radio station in Philadelphia. There are callers, mainly men, mainly in their 30s and 40s, calling to talk about Harry. Their voices are choked with emotion. A couple I heard had to hang up. I couldn’t listen anymore. I’m at work and I’m barely keeping my composure.
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Eagles Diary – 10/26/2008: Blogging the Birds

My Brother P, in his incarnation as Flatusyahu, blogged a couple Eagles games and, miracle of miracles, a NASCAR race, when Flatusyahu was a going concern. I’ve always thought it was a fun idea. Especially this weekend, with so much going on in Philly.

1:04 PM – Birds kicking off…a rare Sean Consadine sighting. Not only siighted…but sighted tackling something.

1:04 PM – Hmmm….a catch by Brian Finneran. Finneran was part of the hairball Andy’s team coughed up during the first game of his head coaching career. The Eagles went up 21-0 in the first half and we all thought that we would see great things that year. Then Jake Plummer, doing what he does against the Eagles, brought the Cardinals back. Finneran juggled a pass into the hands of a Cardinal corner, ending a comeback drive and was cut the next week.
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