Boy has this been a strange and tough week in the sports and entertainment worlds.
First, there was the sad death of Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart (a Maryland native) last Wednesday, just hours after he had won his first game of the season with his dad in attendance.
Then yesterday there were three more public figures who passed away. There was model and porn star Marilyn Chambers...
And in the sports world, there was former American League Rookie of the Year Mark "The Bird" Fidrych, the former Detroit Tigers pitcher known for his quirky habits (talking to the ball, massaging the dirt on the mound, etc).
Finally, there was the voice of the Philadelphia Phillies and NFL Films Harry Kalas.
While the name may not ring a bell, Kalas's voice was unmistakable. It was hard to not see an NFL highlight clip and not hear Harry. His Phillies calls had slipped quite a bit in recent years but he was still Kalas and he still had his charms. Like the way he drew out the name "Saaaammy Soooosa." While I generally have no love lost for Philadelphia teams, looking back, it was good that Harry got to call the final out of a World Series.
R.I.P. to them all.