Here is the official release from Todd Zolecki on the schedule of upcoming Harry Kalas tributes:
The Phillies have just announced the following information regarding Harry Kalas:
Memorial Tribute/Funeral Services
The Kalas family and the Phillies have announced that a memorial tribute for Harry Kalas will be held at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday, April 18.
An opportunity to pay respects to the Hall of Fame broadcaster will be given on a first come, first served basis to as many fans as possible from 8:00 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. At that time, all fans in attendance will be directed to seats for an on-field tribute that will begin at 1:00 p.m.
Additional information will be made public as details are finalized.
Funeral services and burial will be private and held early next week.
Beginning tomorrow, players will wear HK uniform patches for the rest of the season. The black circular HK patch will be located on the front of the jersey in the area of the heart.
The Phillies return home on Friday night to play San Diego at 7:05. The Phillies will also pay tribute to Harry prior to the game. Fans are urged to arrive early. More details will be forthcoming.
I will be at Friday’s game and I am sure, whatever they have planned to pay tribute to Harry, it won’t leave a dry eye in the place. I still haven’t fully grasped that this has happened. On to today’s game and the scouting report.
Phillies: Blanton, like Brett Myers and Jamie Moyer before him, is hoping to rebound from a rough season debut. He allowed nine hits, seven runs, two walks and one home run in four innings last Thursday in an unbelievable 12-11 comeback victory against the Braves. But Blanton knows he won’t get that type of help every time he pitches, so he must pitch better. He went 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA in three starts last season against the Nationals.
Nationals: In his last start, Martis pitched three innings and gave up three runs against the Braves on Friday. He didn’t go any further because the game was delayed by rain. Martis will try to win the second Major League game of his career. His first came against the Marlins on Sept. 23, when he pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up three runs.
I’d like to hope that the Phils will win like I always do, but Big Baby Blanton didn’t too look good in his first start. Well, really no starter has looked good in any start yet. Let’s hope Big Baby rebounds and throws 7 strong.
This Douche of the Day is for Ritz…
Running into the open arms of your gay lover? Douche…