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Kalas returns to work tonight

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.”

Reader Comments

Por (Mark) on April 22, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Rays=Worst to first to worst. Rays fans deserve better than this. The Rays did almost nothing to improve the team in the off-season and I blame dandy Andy and his gigantic ego for this. Burrell was a decent signing but after that it was a bunch of over the hill mid-30’s and 40 something nobodys. Why Kapler?
he is mid 30’s,making a million a year, a bonehead on the base paths, .200 hitter at best, and tonite
he played a line drive into a triple that cost the Rays the game. In adition he had to make a diving catch on a routine flyball. The other Gabe is awful as well. If the Rays are going to lose, lets go down with Ruggiano and Joyce.

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Por (Frank Ferreri) on April 22, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Todd Kalas’ is such a professional.  After doing his pre game duties he issued a personal message regarding the passing of his father and how he and his family were touched by the love shown by fans everywhere.  He delivered it in a touching yet professional manner.  Now, agree with Mark.  Kapler???

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