Thankful for roof, RIP Harry Kalas

As I walked through wet and blustery downtown Milwaukee for lunch with temperatures in the 30s and 40s, two thoughts were on my mind:

1. I’m thankful Miller Park has a roof. Otherwise, it would be a miserable night for fans and everyone involved and I’m not sure the game would be played.

2. I finally got around to watching the series finale to “Life on Mars” online and it left me in a considerable funk. Not a good ending to reward my faithful viewing.

But that all paled in comparsion to the news I heard when I returned to my hotel — Phillies iconic radio voice Harry Kalas died today. He was found passed out in the broadcast booth not long before the game at Nationals Park.

Kalas, 73, was to Philadelphia as what Marty Brennaman means to Cincinnati. To a generation, Kalas was the voice of NFL Films, especially when watching the weekly installments of HBO’s “Inside the NFL.” I feel for the Phillies and their fans for losing their voice. I can’t help but wonder how hard it is for Kalas’ broadcast partners to get through the game today without their friend.

Reds lineup:

Taveras, cf
Dickerson, lf
Votto, 1b
Phillips, 2b
Bruce, rf
Encarnacion, 3b
Hernandez, c
Gonzalez, ss
Volquez, rhp

Brewers lineup:

Weeks, 2b
Hart, rf
Braun, lf
Fielder, 1b
Hardy, ss
Cameron, cf
Hall, 3b
Kendall, c
Gallardo, rhp

News you can use:

  • Seventh hitter Ramon Hernandez is 1-for-15 this season entering the night and eighth hitter Alex Gonzalez came in 0-for-12. Obviously, Dusty Baker would like to see them get going at the plate.

“Hernandez is swinging a little better than Gonzalez,” Baker said. “He doesn’t have too many hits to show for it. We need them at the bottom of the order to roll the lineup around. They’re better than they’re hitting. I know that.”

  • Struggling Jay Bruce has been fouling off a lot of pitches lately and came in 4-for-20 (.200) in his five games.

“I don’t think he’s pressing as much as his timing is off,” Baker said.

  • As expected, Marty Brennaman was sad to hear about Kalas’ passing.

“It’s ironic we talked five days ago,” Brennaman said. “We had the kind of friendship where we didn’t talk every week. Sometimes, we’d go two months without talking. But we’d always stayed in touch. I don’t do that with too many guys, not that I don’t like them all, but we had a certain relationship that we really liked one another.”

10 Comments

Rest in Peace Mr. Kalas.

Julia
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Why does he not give Ryan Hannigan a couple of spot starts, considering Hernandez has only one hit so far this year. Hannigan has more hits in one game. I’m not suggesting that after one week Hernandez should lose the starting spot, but maybe there s/b a little more of a platoon.

This looks like this is the first time the Reds have their A lineup. Aaron put on a clinic yesterday afternooon, let’s see if Edison was paying attention.

I’m anxious to see if Edinson can make this back-to-back great starts for the Reds rotation. Hopefully yesterday’s gem will be the momentum they need to get off to a great start this season! Go Redlegs!

Bruce just went deep for the first time (2nd inn). Maybe that’s a good sign for him that his timing is getting better.

After losing Nuxie, Reds fans can certainly feel for Phillies fans, and baseball fans in general. May he rest in peace.Russhttp://wight4256.mlblogs.com

Are you kidding me? The ending to Life on Mars was PERFECT. Clues throughout the season pointed to this type of an ending. Much better than the ambiguous ending the British series had. I loved the show, the ending and I will certainly miss it. Damn networks…

Finally, a Life on Mars fan…obviously, the title of the show was the ultimate clue in retrospect and the other smaller clues make much more sense now. I even liked that there was an actual conclusion since canceled first-year series rarely get to wrap up neatly. But what I resented was the whole ‘it was just a dream’ thing. That’s a cheap ploy. With TV series, you invest time into characters and storylines and in the context of hindsight — several episodes were wastes of time. I never saw the British version.

I still like that the show was daring to be different from the start and wished it had succeeded. I like shows like this and “Damages” where the series slowly builds and gets exciting with each episode.

Sorry for the non-baseball deviation, everyone.

Mark, I agree you could say it was the ole ‘dream cop out’, but in this case, it just really made sense. Just like the Newhart dream ending (which I think started the dream ending precedent) it didn’t seem cheap, but very fitting. And while the ending seemed rushed, due to the lack of time to prepare for the end, it certainly seemed fitting for a sci-fi drama that the series was at heart. Nonetheless, I do agree… at least they were able to give is some kind of closing, unlike most canceled series.

My apologies also everyone. Getting back to Reds baseball… I’ll be at the game tonight! I’ll do my best not to jinx them.

Mark, I agree you could say it was the ole ‘dream cop out’, but in this case, it just really made sense. Just like the Newhart dream ending (which I think started the dream ending precedent) it didn’t seem cheap, but very fitting. And while the ending seemed rushed, due to the lack of time to prepare for the end, it certainly seemed fitting for a sci-fi drama that the series was at heart. Nonetheless, I do agree… at least they were able to give is some kind of closing, unlike most canceled series.

My apologies also everyone. Getting back to Reds baseball… I’ll be at the game tonight! I’ll do my best not to jinx them.

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