Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Posted Apr 21, 2009 by Marc Lancaster
Updated Apr 21, 2009 at 08:54 PM
SEATTLE—Returning to work already has been therapeutic for Todd Kalas, who rejoins the Rays’ television team tonight for the first time since his father Harry’s death last week.
“I think getting back in the flow of work is definitely helping, and being away from Philly – it was a beautiful week, but it was a constant reminder,” Kalas said this afternoon. “It’s nice to get back and stay busy. I think that’s going to help the healing process.”
Kalas flew from Philadelphia to Tampa on Sunday and was on the Rays’ charter flight to Seattle last night. He said he was moved by what he experienced in Philadelphia, where the Phillies spent much of the week paying tribute to the Hall of Fame announcer.
“It was really overwhelming,” Kalas said. “I knew he’d touched a lot of people, but I wasn’t aware of how many people that he had an impact on. To see that … and the tributes really were touching. That’s what got to me, because he was always about the fans first, and for them to show the love back in the abundance they did, it was truly amazing to be a part of that.”