More tributes for Harry the K. Here is what’s happening Friday, from a Phillies press release:
- The television booth in which Harry broadcast since Citizens Bank Park opened in 2004 will be named the Harry Kalas Broadcast Booth, “That ball’s outta here!” A plaque will be hung to officially name the booth. The neighboring radio booth is named the Richie (“Whitey”) Ashburn Broadcast Booth, “This game’s easy, Harry.”
- The ceremonial first ball will be thrown by Harry’s three sons, Todd, Brad and Kane.
- Prior to the National Anthem, to be sung by Harry’s son Kane, there will be a moment of silence.
- All fans will receive an 8″x10″ color photograph of Harry.
- Harry’s signature will be displayed on the field during the seven-game homestand beginning on Friday.
- Also for the seven games, a black drape will appear in front of the Phillies radio and TV booths and the Phillies flag in Ashburn Alley will be hung at half-mast.
- A video of Harry’s career will be aired on PhanaVision.
- During the seventh-inning stretch, a video of Harry singing “High Hopes” will be shown on PhanaVision. Fans will be encouraged to join in.
Other acknowledgments include:
- During the first half-inning of the game televised by Comcast Network Philadelphia (formerly CN8), there will be no announcer commentary.
- Throughout the remainder of the season, a billboard honoring Harry will be displayed on the outfield wall.
- As previously announced, an HK patch will be worn on Phillies uniforms this season (photo courtesy Todd Zolecki).
- Throughout the 2009 season, following every Phillies home run, Harry’s legendary “Outta Here!” home run call will be played over the PA system as the Liberty Bell lights up.