Major League Notebook: Phillies honor Kalas
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PHILADELPHIA ó Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Kalas was honored by the Philadelphia Phillies in a moving ceremony before Friday night’s game against San Diego.
Kalas died Monday in Washington after collapsing in the broadcast booth before a Phillies-Nationals game. He was 73.
After a video tribute, Kalas’ three sons, Todd, Brad and Kane, threw ceremonial pitches to Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt, John Kruk and Jimmy Rollins.
Kane Kalas then sang the national anthem while Rollins held a pair of Kalas’ customary white loafers and Chase Utley held Kalas’ blue sportcoat.
“Harry Kalas, if you can look past Ben Franklin and William Penn, may have been the greatest person to grace Philadelphia in the history of the city,” Schmidt said.
Citizens Bank Park was transformed into a shrine for Kalas, who joined the Phillies in 1971. A billboard with Kalas’ initials around a microphone was placed on the wall in left-center field. The television booth was named the Harry Kalas Broadcast Booth. A plaque with Kalas’ picture was hung on the wall and it read, “That ball’s outta here!”
WILLIAMSPORT, Md. ó Thousands have gathered at the funeral of Los Angles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart, returning to his former high school and remembering his love for baseball.
Many of Adenhart’s friends and fans arrived in baseball gear Friday, at the request of the family. Adenhart starred at Williamsport High School before becoming a major leaguer.
The 22-year-old pitcher was killed in a car accident in California on April 9. He was buried Thursday in a private ceremony.
The funeral service was in the school gym. Outside, a large circle containing Adenhart’s name and his No. 34 with the Angels was displayed. Inside the gym, a video tribute depicted him at various stages in his life.
RED SOX ROTATION
BOSTON ó Red Sox manager Terry Francona says Justin Masterson will start Monday’s annual Patriots’ Day game at Fenway Park, replacing Daisuke Matsuzaka.
Masterson came on in relief on Tuesday night, when Matsuzaka left after one inning with shoulder fatigue. Matsuzaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list the next day.
Francona also announced Friday that Tim Wakefield, coming off a complete game in Oakland on Wednesday, will get an extra day of rest.
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