Philadelphia Phillies legendary Hall of Fame announcer Harry Kalas passed away today a few hours before the start of the game in Washington DC. He was found in the announcers booth.
Not since the passing of a family member years ago have I felt a loss this much, and much of my city feels the same way today. Strange to not personally know someone yet have their passing effect you so strongly. I met Harry a few times because of my baseball playing, but he wouldn't remember me, but I'll always remember him.
Harry was the voice of my Phillies since well before my birth. For 30 years I've heard his incredible baseball voice for every game. It will never be the same, and he will never be forgotten, and I'll never hear a "That ball is outta here!!" call again without feeling this loss.
After work I went to watch the game and the special tributes to Harry with some friends at the pub, many were moved to tears for much of the game.
I'll likely have more to say about this incredible man later, including his non-stop community work, it just hasn't completely sunk in yet. Some of you may think this is odd to feel this way about a baseball announcer, but those who know who Harry is and what he means to many of us will understand.
Rest in peace Harry Kalas, you are missed.