Remembering Harry the K
It is the top of the third inning tonight and dozens of Phillies fans are gathered around the Mike Schmidt statue at the Third Base Gate. No, Schmidt wasn’t there. Michael Jack Schmidt’s statue has become a memorial for Harry, which is cool.
Schmidt was at Citizens Bank Park for the pre-game ceremonies. Todd Zolecki covered those ceremonies in his Zo Zone blog.
Remembering Harry is a blog on phillies.com in which fans can offer their memories of the Hall of Fame broadcaster and Hall of Fame human being.
Tomorrow, a Memorial Tribute will take place at Citizens Bank Park. It promises to be an emotional day. Starting at 8 in the morning, fans will be allowed inside the ballpark and on to the field to pay their respects to Harry. His coffin will be situated on the grass behind home plate.
The tribute’s program will begin at 1 in the afternoon. Around 12:45 p.m., the line will be halted. There’s a game tomorrow night and we need to be out of the park by 3 so that the cleaners and ARAMARK can prepare for the game.
Fans who come early, can leave and return for the tribute program in the afternoon. For those of you who can’t be here, it will be streamed on phillies.com starting at 9:30 a.m. At noon, Comcast SportsNet will begin a two-hour live show. Phillies.com will pick up the multi-camera CSN production.
In addition to thousands of fans, Kalas’ relatives and friends, current and former Phillies broadcasters, the Phillies front office family, Alumni and current team will pay their respects to a person loved by all.
Dry eyes will be the exception.