When Phillies legendary announcer Harry Kalas passed away prior to a regular season game against the Washington Nationals in 2009, the news hit the city of Philadelphia extremely hard. For nearly four decades Kalas had called Phillies games at such a consistently exceptional level, that some of us took it for granted. Harry was also considered to be a very pleasant and friendly man, so his likeability made the loss even harder to take.
The MLB community as a whole is going through a similar situation tonight, with the passing of legendary baseball man Don Zimmer. Zimmer, who spent over 65 years in the game as a player, coach and advisor, passed away earlier this evening at the age of 83.
Kalas’ impact on Philly and Zimmer’s impact on the game of baseball came full circle tonight, when Todd Kalas (Harry’s son), who works on the Tampa Bay Rays broadcast team (the team Zimmer was an advisor for), announced Zimmer’s passing.
If you need an idea of how much of an impact that Zimmer had on everyone in the ballpark, listen to how somber Kalas was while announcing this news.
Kalas took to social media to talk about Zimmer’s impact on him, after the game.
Feel like I lost my grandfather. Thoughts n prayers to Don Zimmer’s family. #loveuZim
— Todd Kalas (@TampaBayTK) June 5, 2014