Longtime Phillies Broadcaster Harry Kalas Dies at Age 73

Posted in Blogroll on April 13th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

I’m not a Phillies fan, but I remember listening to Phillies games just to hear Harry Kalas describe what I couldn’t see. Harry Kalas died today after collapsing in the commentators booth before the Washington Nationals home opener. There’s no question his incomparable talent affected my writing style. It wasn’t merely his distinctive voice. It was his measure of knowledge, wisdom and professionalism that drew any fan of the sport into his world and gave them comfort like no other. He was a Phillies radio and TV broadcaster for 38 years and was the master of ceremony when old Veteran’s Stadium opened in 1971…replacing another great in Bill Campbell. Many of the legends are beginning to die off, thus creating a void the sport most likely will never recover from. I remember hanging out with the fellas, grilling steaks, having a couple brews and feeling almost as if we were at the game simply because of Mr. Kalas. He made the steaks taste that much better. Maybe his huge spirit helped push the Phillies to the 2008 World Series title after so many years of not living up to potential or just having bad teams. He made another World Series Championship winning call in 1980 as well. Among his signature calls were “Struck ‘im out! and It’s waaaaaay outta here!” His most memorable call was most likely Michael Jack Schmidt’s 500th home run. Thanks for you greatness Mr. Kalas, you’ve been a gift to the city and went out the best way possible, on top.

The Future Meets the Present

Posted in Blogroll on April 13th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

Wrote a little something different this time out. Just trying to entertain and stay in my lane. This game was dig it playoff material. It’s astounding how the Cavs have taken over the league with fun, teamwork and Mike Brown defensive discipline. I noticed something this time out. I noticed all the interior picks the Cavs set to free up wing and elbow threes, kick outs to the top of the key, skip passes for open jumpers or mad mismatches leading to yet another nasty oop from the about to be reigning king. Kobe and the crew might have Phil Jackson focus, but this young Cavs team is HONGRY (yeah I said it). There’s something real about this team and it’s not just about confidence and precision. We’re all about to find out what type of special talent LeBron James is. Click on the Iguodala sick about to bang on LBJ flick to access the piece on SLAM. Be Peace, Mizzo.