Saying goodbye to Kalas so very hard to do

Updated: April 13, 2009

AP Photo/Charles Krupa

Harry Kalas, the legendary voice of the Philadelphia Phillies, died Monday at the age of 73.

REMEMBERING HARRY KALAS

This was a very tough day because we just lost a legend. Losing Harry Kalas isn't just a tough loss for the Philadelphia Phillies organization or for the Phillies' fans. It's a tough loss for sports fans everywhere because Harry transcended Philadelphia and baseball. If you knew about sports, you'd heard about Harry Kalas.

This guy touched so many people with his warmth and his great talent. I've received numerous phone calls from friends who never had the pleasure of meeting Harry, people who knew him only from telecasts. And to a man, every one of them was in tears because they felt as if they'd just lost a member of their family. He was in our homes every day, and the thought of his not being there tomorrow and the day after is almost unbearable.

This hits especially close to home for me because I was lucky enough to call Harry a friend. The first time I ever met him was when I was playing for the Padres and we traveled to Philadelphia for a series and some teammates and I met him. I remember being struck by how nice a legend could be.

The next time I met him was after I became a Phillie and I really got to talk to him. We did an on-field interview, and it was great because we were able to talk beforehand and I got some insight from this veritable walking baseball encyclopedia.

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I'll miss those types of talks. I'll miss a lot now that Harry is gone. I'll miss the rides he and I would take when the team would travel to New York to play the Mets and he and I would be driven there in a car and just talk baseball and drink some beers.

I could ask him anything baseball-related and he'd know the answer because he had seen so much. He and I played cards together on the plane and hung out together in the offseason, and I never missed an opportunity, even now, to talk to him when I went to the ballpark. Like so many others, I sought him out whenever I went to the old stadium, even after I retired.

As sad as I am that I lost such a great friend, I'm glad that he passed away in the only place he probably could ever imagine leaving this world -- in the booth.

Harry, I'll miss you, and so will so many others.

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TOUCH 'EM ALL

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Home Run Tracker
NAME HR OPPPITCHER SITUATION
J. Dye, CWS2DetMinerTop 2: 2-1, 0 Outs. None on.
P. Konerko, CWS2DetMinerTop 2: 3-2, 0 Outs. None on.
R. Santiago, Det1CWSFloydBot 3: 3-2, 2 Outs. 2 on.
C. Quentin, CWS3DetMinerTop 4: 0-1, 1 Outs. 1 on.
A. LaRoche, Pit2HouMoehlerBot 3: 1-2, 1 Outs. 1 on.

The complete list of Monday's homers

ON DECK: TUESDAY'S BEST MATCHUPS

Marlins at Braves

OK, it's early. But these two teams have the best record in the loaded NL East through six games, each posting 5-1 starts. Chris Volstad, who heads to the mound for the Marlins on Tuesday, won his first outing of the year, allowing two hits and two runs in a brief five-inning appearance. The Braves' Javier Vazquez struggled with his control (four walks) Wednesday in his Atlanta debut.

White Sox at Tigers

A pair of young, live arms take the stage at Comerica Park. Rick Porcello, the touted 20-year-old righty for Detroit, was knocked around in his first start of the year. Now he tries again against a powerful White Sox lineup. Chicago, meanwhile, throws ace-in-waiting John Danks, who tossed six scoreless in a no-decision Thursday.

Yankees at Rays

The Yankees wouldn't mind if A.J. Burnett backed up his first effort of the season with another solid one Tuesday, considering they were pummeled by the Rays on Monday night as Tampa Bay built a 9-0 lead through two innings. The problem for the Yankees is they are facing Matt Garza, who breezed his way through the Red Sox order a week ago.

For the rest of Tuesday's schedule, click here.

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BBTN MINUTE: SAD DAY IN BASEBALL

WEB GEMS

MONDAY'S BEST AND WORST

BEST
Ted Lilly• Surely the Cubs don't believe in omens, right? Well, if they do, the home opener provided a pretty good one, with starter Ted Lilly flirting with a no-hitter in a 4-0 win against the Rockies. Lilly didn't give up the Rockies' first -- and only -- hit until there were two outs in the seventh.
Zach Duke• OK, so Zach Duke wasn't quite Lilly-like, but he was close. The Pirates lefty tossed a complete-game, four-hit shutout against the Astros in a 7-0 victory. Duke is 2-0 with an 0.59 ERA this season.
WORST
Chien-Ming Wang• The Yankees' hope was that Chien-Ming Wang would bounce back nicely after missing most of last year with a broken foot. It hasn't quite worked out that way so far. Wang gave up eight runs in the first against the Rays, and his ERA for this season has climbed to 28.93.
Randy Johnson• Yes, the Yankees might be nervous They aren't the only ones. The Giants probably are, too. A day after Tim Lincecum had a second consecutive bad outing, Randy Johnson was knocked around again. Johnson gave up eight hits and seven runs in 3 2/3 innings of an 11-1 loss against the Dodgers. Johnson is 0-2 with an 11.42 ERA.

NUMBERS TO KNOW

Max Scherzer will make his 2009 debut for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night when they host the St. Louis Cardinals. Scherzer started the season in the minors to rehab from a shoulder injury. This past Thursday, Scherzer threw 95 pitches and, more importantly, his fastball was in the 92-96 mph range.

Scherzer was a significant pitching prospect for Arizona last season because of his dominating fastball, which hit the high 90s. He was also very good at getting strikeouts off his fastball, a huge difference from the Diamondbacks so far in 2009.

Max Scherzer in 2008 vs. D-Backs starters in 2009
Scherzer in 2008 D-Backs starters in 2009
Well-hit avg. off fastball .188 .276
Miss pct. off fastball 23.0 13.0
Strikeout pct. off fastball 28.0 18.0
Well-hit BA vs. off-speed strikes .099 .051

With Brandon Webb on the disabled list and Arizona pitchers allowing more than six runs per game, Scherzer is a key component in the Diamondbacks' rotation.

-- ESPN Stats & Information

FANTASY: PREVIEW OF TUESDAY'S GAMES

Adam Madison examines the 10 games on Tuesday's slate.

Fantasy Madison ranks the pitchers scheduled to take the mound and supplies loads of other information that could help shape your roster for Tuesday. Daily Notes