Yesterday was a very emotional day for many of us; and a new day has had little effect. I began watching the television coverage this morning of Harry Kalas’ passing that I taped yesterday while I was at the game and I have to say, if I see Larry Andersen cry one more time, I do not think I’ll make it. I finally had to turn the TV off.
I spoke with many friends today about Harry and they all feel the same loss, even those who knew little about him. I told one friend a story about how Harry let me keep one of his name tags from an event we attended and then even signed it for me as a keepsake. She then told me that she had a relative who was one of Harry’s doctors and she had him sign a latex-free medical exam glove for her step-father. Just more proof that Harry would sign or do absolutely anything for a fan.
Later, I began looking at the photo’s I took from the game yesterday. I had no idea what I had actually shot until today, as most of the game is a blur to me and the camera acted as a simple distraction. I came across these of Shane Victorino’s home run at-bat; first he points to the outfield, a’la Babe Ruth; then he watches the ball as it flies out of the park; and finally, in a tribute to Harry, Shane points to the press box after he crosses home plate:
There was a mix of sadness, deep thought and even some joy in remembrance of Harry on the faces of the Phillies yesterday, which is evident in the photos I took.
I put together a Photo Album from the game as usual, and I tried to include a few of the lighter moments as a reminder of Harry’s love of the game.
The Phillies are off today and their scheduled visit to the White House has been postponed indefinitely due to Harry’s passing. Fans continue to visit Citizens Bank Park where a memorial has begun at the feet of the Mike Schmidt statue with flowers, cards, balls and a variety of mementoes. Photos of that memorial can be seen at Todd Zolecki’s blog, The Zo Zone.
And finally, I would like to leave you with this video that I shot last May, where Harry addressed a group of women at the Phillies yearly Baseball 101 event. We are all so fortunate to have shared in Harry’s passion and love of baseball over the years. I will never forget these moments.
Photos by Jenn