Posts for Harry Kalas

Utley and Rollins are Still Playing Spectacular Defense

Jim Adair - September 1, 2015

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Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Last night, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins connected for an acrobatic, glove-toss assisted put out at second base. You can just hear it in Harry’s voice: “What a great flip turned Utley to J-Roll™… to Adrian Gonzalez?” Oh no, the fantasy is ruined. And after all that, they didn’t get the double play anyway. It still looked great though.

You can catch a GIF of the glove flip and hear Vin Scully call the play after the jump.

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Harry Kalas’ 2008 World Series Ring is Up for Auction Right Now

Jim Adair - April 15, 2015

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When it comes to Phillies memorabilia, this might be the absolute pinnacle: Harry Kalas’ 2008 World Series ring. The ring is expected to fetch from $50,000-$75,000. It’s already at $28,000. According to the auction, a portion of the money raised from the ring’s sale will go to one of Harry’s favorite charities:

Harry Kalas personal 2008 ring may well represent the most significant specimen that will become available to the collecting public with regard to his importance to the team, its fans, and the city of Philadelphia. The ring has been consigned to the auction directly by the Kalas family and we are pleased to announce that they will be donating a portion of the sale proceeds to the Philadelphia Chapter of the ALS Association to which Harry was a devoted supporter for many seasons.

There is a ton of other Phils-related memorabilia also up for auction (like a CBP foul pole net, Shibe Park turnstile, and about 289 more things), but it really doesn’t get any better than this.

Who are the Dickheads Who Run the Harry Kalas Facebook Page?

Kyle Scott - September 27, 2013

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I’ll start this off by noting that, nearly four years ago, shortly before starting Crossing Broad, I created a Facebook fan page for Roy Halladay. The intent was pretty simple: Out of sheer boredom, I thought it would be fun to have a group-page for fans of Halladay (as a Phillie) to congregate and share Phillies-related content.

The page quickly blew up and collected thousands of likes in just a few days. So, when I started this site, I didn’t think twice about posting links to CB on the fan page. I figured I had a captive audience that was, obviously, interested in Philly sports.

This practice went on for about a year, until Facebook began reclassifying large pages (Roy had around 80k likes) that weren’t managed by someone representing the actual person, brand, group, whatever.

I created fan pages for a few other athletes too, but none of them ever caught on the way the Halladay page did, which was a mixture of luck and timing.

Four years ago, Facebook was a Wild West of sorts, with groups and fan pages for everything from bouncy balls to Lady Gaga, very few of which were actually associated with the real thing. But Facebook has since cleaned things up. For the better, I might add.

Anyway, I tell you all of this simply to demonstrate that I can totally understand the mindset behind creating these pages and the temptations that come with having so many eyeballs just fingertips away.

But I have no idea what the fuck the person or persons who run the Harry Kalas fan page are doing.

I’m sure many of you are one of the, currently, 154,417 likers of this page:

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The page is described thusly [sic’d]:

We love Harry as he love fun. we dedicate our work to this fun lover, a loving husband, a loving father and friend to all. Harry Kalas never stop fun but always encourage it. So we watch baseball and funipix

Coolzzz.

The page hadn’t caught my eye until a year or so ago, when posts about Harry and the Phillies seemingly gave way to memes, cat pictures and, well, complete and utter shit. It’s one thing to, on a page supposedly meant to honor a beloved dead guy, post cutesy, upbeat photos like this…

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… and it’s another to post vile, vulgar, strange and slightly offensive click-bait like this:

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About once a week, they’ll mix in a picture of Harry thanking fans… you know, just to keep things relevant.

The comments on the page range from HAHAHAHAHALOLZ to:

this is in really poor taste.

I’m curious about the HK photo and name and the content of all your posts. Why not honor Harry Kalas.

Why is this on Harry’s page, he’d never wear a shirt like that!

I also agree with why is this shit on Harry’s page????

Sadly, however, those sorts of WTF? comments are far outnumbered by ones that make you hate humanity just a little bit more. Like shmeh:

Dolphin ejaculation is strong enough to kill you

Dumb niggers and their scams

Yea where is the mom n who df the dude in the back that aght Jeffrey that’s somebody else n what bout the youngest one he aght even in the pic smh how u gone have a reunion without all the real people or even all then cast lol fail

Goo!!! Jabba the gut!

wtf is twerking?

Oh no a Miley Cyrus dog act ctfu.

Yo … Harry … Come on… Ask me out!!?!

And then, of course, there are the people who solve society’s problems one Facebook comment at a time:

As a mother , this is wrong. You gained public Attention an recognition … You speak to you daughter, you punish your daughter , you take away the things she likes or loves. This is so wrong for so many reasons……

This is nothing but humiliating the child in public. Talk to her about the twerking and what it looks like. tell her you don not want her doing that. Was she told before the dance not to be twerking at the dance. Punish but do not humiliate them in public.

@ Sam Anderson. It obviously made the news. I could see the mother trying to make a point with a different approach. Someone called the news circuits and she did an interview. No one just does something in public like that and doesn’t expect attention. I mean this isn’t the first time I’ve scene the ‘child shaming’ pictures circulating. It wasn’t some brilliant idea this mother came up with on her own. And this girl is 11, not even a teenager she’s probably going to twerk once or twice again before she’s in college. Who knows, it may have backfired and being on TV made her gain popularity in school. I don’t agree with little girls acting in a sexual manner, But I certainly think she could’ve went about about the punishment differently.

I have nothing against a good meme or some ridiculous comments… but who’s the jackass or jackasses who run this page? Harry might be the most beloved Philly sports figure ever, and his lasting online memory is, sadly, a Facebook page with 150k fans that posts the lowest common denominator bullshit. And somehow, it hasn’t yet been reclaimed by Facebook, the Kalas family or the Phillies.

I want to talk to the people who run it.

High Hopes

Kyle - October 21, 2010

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The Giants appear to have all of the momentum now with a dramatic walk-off win and a 3-1 series lead. They are poised to close out the series tonight. Then again, when asked about momentum in baseball, legendary manager Earl Weaver dismissively said, "Momentum? Momentum is the name of the next day's starting pitcher." (Weaver also said lots of other colorful things, like this).

But according to Jayson Stark, before 2010 there were 72 occasions where a team trailed 3 games to 1 in a 7-game series. And only 11 came back to win the series. However, two recent comebacks give me some optimism because the circumstances were similar: the Braves in the 1996 NLCS and the Red Sox in the 2007 ALCS. When looking for some glimmer of hope after the disappointing loss, I immediately thought of those series. Both teams were playoff-tested and in both situations the underdogs took a surprising 3-1 lead in the series with a chance to close it out at home in Game 5, facing the other team's ace pitcher.

The 1996 Braves trailed the Cardinals 3-1, but had their three aces on full rest set to pitch the final three games – John Smoltz, Greg Maddux, and Tom Glavine. Granted, the Cardinals pitching staff in 1996 was nowhere near as good as the Giants staff is today (I think Todd Stottlemyre was their #1). But the Braves won Game 5 on the road behind a shutout by Smoltz, and then won 2 straight at home behind Maddux and Glavine, allowing a total of 1 run over the final 27 innings of the series.

The 2007 Red Sox were even more similar. They trailed the Indians 3-1, but had their 3 aces going on full rest the final three games – Josh Beckett, Curt Schilling, and Dice K. Beckett out-dueled CC Sabathia in Game 5 on the road. And then the Red Sox never lost again that postseason. They went back to Boston and won Games 6 and 7 handily, and then swept the upstart Rockies in the World Series.

The patient is in critical but stabile condition and the doctor will begin the revival process at 7:57pm. You traded for an ace like Roy Halladay to win games like tonight. If they can send the series back to Philly, they have a decent chance to pull this off.

The odds are long, but there is still hope.


 

Remembering Harry Kalas

Kyle - April 13, 2010

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One year ago today, the baseball world lost one of its legendary voices, Harry Kalas. Kalas, who was a Phillies commentator since the opening of Veteran Stadium, called some of the most remembered games in Phillies history. He called the 500th home run of Hall of Fame third baseman, Mike Schmidt; He made the call during the final out of the 1993 NLCS; He made the call during the final out of the 2007 season, the same out that sent the Phillies into the playoffs for the first time since '93. One year later, CP Brad Lidge would drop to both knees in a celebratory fashion, and HK would announce that the final out was made and that the Phillies were the 2008, "World Champions of baseball."  Today, we remember Harry Kalas, our teams voice.

 

Top 10 Philly Sports Moments of 2009, #6 Harry Kalas Dies

Kyle Scott - December 24, 2009

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One of the saddest moments of 2009.  Everyone remembers how they learned of Harry’s
passing.  I read it on Todd Zolecki’s
Twitter, “Harry Kalas has died”. 
Shocking, profound words that immediately brought a lump to the throat.  The voice of the Phillies had been a staple
of summer evenings for all across the Delaware valley during the last 30 some
odd years.

There isn’t much we can say about Harry that hasn’t been
said.  We’ll leave you with this: