RIP Harry Kalas

Harry KalasWow I’m really bummed about the loss of Harry Kalas. For those who don’t follow sports, he was the play by play announcer for the Phillies since 1971 and is pretty much the voice of the team. He’s a legend in the sport, and in Philadelphia. Even non baseball fans will recognize his voice from his work on NFL films, and other voiceovers. I’m just glad he got a chance to call the World Series victory last season.

“This is to the Philadelphia Fan
To laud your passion as best I can
Your loyalty is unsurpassed
Be the Fightins in first or last
We come to the park each day
Looking forward to another fray
Because we know you’ll be there
We know you really care
You give the opposing pitcher fits
Because as one loyalist shouts, ‘Everybody hits’
To be sure in Philly, there might be some boos
Because you passionate fans, like the manager, hate to lose
Your reaction to the action on the field that you impart
Spurs us as broadcasters to call the game with enthusiasm and heart
We feel your passion through and through
Philadelphia fans, I love you.”
– Harry Kalas, 2002

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