The Phillies are planning on doing a lot to tribute the man behind the mic for 39 years, Harry Kalas.
Firstly, the Phillies are going to wear black "HK" circular patches on their jerseys. The patches are over the players' hearts.
-For the entire stretch of the next Phillies homestand, starting Friday versus the Padres, Harry's signature will be on the field. Also for the homestand, a black drape will hang outside the Phillies broadcast booths (radio and television) and the Phillies flag in Ashburn Alley will be hung at half-mast.
-The television broadcast booth at CBP will be named The Harry Kalas Broadcast Booth, "That ball's outtta here!"
-Before Friday's game, each of Harry's three sons—Todd, Brad and Kane—will throw out the ceremonial first ball.
-Kane will sing the National Anthem as well. Before he sings, there will be a moment of silence.
-A video of Harry's career will be on PhanaVision before Friday's game.
-During the seventh inning stretch of Friday's game, a video of H singing "High Hopes" and fans are encourage to sing along.
-During the first half-inng of Friday's game, the telecast on Comcast Network Philadelphia (Formally known as CN8) will be silent with no broadcasters in honor of HK.
-Through the rest of the season, a billboard honoring Harry will be on the outfield wall.
-Throughout the 2009 season, after every Phillies home run hit at CBP, a clip of Harry saying "Outtta Here!" will be played over the PA system along with the rining of the big Liberty Bell
Furthermore, in more information released today:
-The public memorial ceremony Saturday at the ballpark will be from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Harry's casket will be behind home plate and fans will have a chance to walk by it and pay their respects. Then, they will be led to their seats because once everyone has walked by, a ceremony for Harry will proceed. Former and current players, coaches, broadcasters, front office people and friend and family will be in attendance to pay their respects to HK. Not to mention, each fan in attendance will get a commenmorative Harry Kalas photo and a poem written by him in 2002 to the fans.
I'll tell ya what, in this very sad and tragic time, the Phillies are really stepping up and remembering HK. I couldn't have expected anything less.