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Article Late-With Good Reason-Heavyhearted Phils Win

By Ian Sontag

I would like to apologize to my fellow readers of my blogs in advance for not putting together an article based on the untimely death on Harry Kalas on Monday. I also didn't want to write an article, because I felt it would be too much of the same stuff by all the writers of his statistics from his illustrious career.

Moving forward now-well as best as we can.

On Monday, the Philadelphia Phillies played the Wahington Nationals in Washington just hours after learning of the death of Harry the K.

Some things changed, while others remained the same.

For example, the Phillies were trailing at the outset-this time after one inning 1-0. But they were quick to come back in the top of the second inning to take a 2-1 lead. Only to be gracious to give up another run to tie the score at 2-2. Other things that were the same were the Phils offense mashing the balls around Washington inning after inning.

More items that were pretty much the same offensively this season included: Raul Ibanez hittting his third homerun of the season, jason Werth continues being a hitting machine, and Pedro Feliz still hitting well early this season.

Defensively, things that remained the same include Ryan Madson pitching another perfect eighth inning (only thirteen pitches)-getting his third hold of the season, Brad Lidge getting his third save of the season, and Starting pitcher Jamie Moyer giving up another homerun by a Phils starte and just missing our first pitching quality start of the season.

Things that are different of note from Monday's game offensively are: Chase Utley going hitless and Ryan Howard hitting his first homerun (a 3-run blast) off Saul Rivera in the seventh inning.

Defensively, pitching wise Clay Condrey had a rough go on the mound, giving up 2 runs in 2/3 of an inning and a complete oddity seeing the closer Lidge giving up earned runs, a 2-run homerun off the bat of third baseman Ryan Zimmerman.

All in all who would've thought the Phightins would've won three in a row (Monday's score was 9-8) after a 1-3 start? Who thought it would take Howard seven games to hit his first homer of the season? Did you know we would begin each of the first seven games starting trailing first? I'm sure you didn't.

The unveiling of the HK patch will be unveiled on Thursday. As if the Phillies needed any more incentive this season in addition to defending the "2008 Champions of Baseball" title. Well, now our Phils have MORE incentive.

Harry Kalas Notes (if you didn't know):
  • On Friday's game against the San Diego Padres, the first half inning on Comcast TV Philadelphia, no commentary will be heard.
  • Fans going to Friday's game against the Padres are encouraged to arrive early for the 7:05 pm start for a Harry Kalas pregame tribute.
  • The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by Kalas' three sons-Todd, Brad, and Kane.
  • Then a moment of silence followed by Kane singing the National Anthem.
  • A video of Kalas' career will be on the Phanavision.
  • Fans will receive an 8-by-10 color photo of Kalas.
  • A black drape will appear in front of the Phillies radio and TV booths.
  • The Phillies flag in Ashburn Alley will be at half staff.
  • During the seventh inning stretch, a video of Kalas singing High Hopes will appear on the Phanavision and fans WILL be encouraged to sing along.

SATURDAY:

  • Fans will be allowed to pay their respects to the Hall of Fame broadcaster on a first come, first serve basis to as many fans as possible from 8am-12:45 pm.
  • At 1pm, fans will be directed to seats for an on-field tribute.

Funeral and burial services will be private and will take place next week.

Rest In Piece Harry. Our hearts and prayers go out to your family during this time of grieving.

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