FOR THE SECOND year, we have an Opening Day without Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Kalas, who died on April 13, 2009.
But leave it to Harry to still be making news.
The Phillies announced yesterday that they have accepted a fan-funded gift of a 7 1/2-foot, 600-pound, bronze statue of Kalas, which they will place at Citizens Bank Park. The team said it hasn't been decided where the statue will be stationed, or when it will be unveiled.
The idea for the statue began with a petition page on Facebook. Sculptor Larry Nowlan was among the 20,000 fans who joined. The acclaimed artist knew he could produce the piece if he had the funds. So he took things a step further by helping to form the nonprofit Dear Harry Inc.