I’ve been a bit behind on posting photos. I’ve also been a bit behind on taking photos as I’ve kind of been stuck in a rut for a while. Hopefully some new images will make an appearance soon. Until then….2009 was a great year to become a baseball fan here in Philadelphia. I went to my first Phillies game in September 2008. The Phillies won the World Series in October. I had the opportunity of walking in the celebration parade and photographing the event. (see the photos here and here). On April 13, 2009, Philadelphia lost their amazing play-by-play announcer, Harry Kalas. Even though I hadn’t been a fan that long, I was a fan long enough to know that this man’s voice was the enthusiasm behind the excitement of Phillies fans. Watching Phillies games on tv ever since his death have never been the same.A public memorial service was held at Citizen’s Bank Park on April 18 to commemorate HK. In the morning, they had allowed the public to view and walk past the casket. In the afternoon, a memorial service. I had prior plans that day, which happened to land me at FDR park…only a few blocks away from the park. I literally forgot about the memorial service until I arrived in the area. After my morning engagement, I decided to check out the happenings for the heck of it. Because I forgot about it, I didn’t have my long lens so I was kicking myself for that, but it was the event that really mattered. I was also kicking myself for wearing a little league t-shirt that was blue with “Royals” written right across the front. Not to mention that I was sitting right along the home base line with a whole section to myself, exception of a few other wandering photographers, only about 30 feet from the players. I felt like Shane Victorino kept looking at me and probably thinking “who is this jerk who shows up at HK’s memorial with a Royals shirt on?!” Or maybe Chase Utley was looking at me thinking “Who’s that cute little redhead photographer?” and see these photos and drop me an email with the likings of “what’s up, pantz?!”. And we’ll meet and he’ll give me his little baseball hat tip like he does everytime he’s up to bat! Yes, of course that will happen.After the ceremony was over, I left with embarassment and a huge farmer’s sunburn on my arms, which turned into a tan that is still apparent on my arms today. ugh.Anyway, the memorial was pretty grand. I was getting misty towards the end. I felt happy to be there to witness and share this event with thousands of other Phillies fans. Rest in Peace, HK. You will always be remembered in this City of Brotherly Love.
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