This and That around the ballpark

Caps forward Brooks Laich took in the game Thursday night with his dad, Harold. The Caps are in the playoffs and coming off a disappointing Game One 4-3 loss to the Rangers, so it was nice for Laich to take a break from the rink for a little bit and take in his first Nationals game.

He was impressed with Nationals Park and had great seats behind home plate in the President’s Club. He also told me his hockey team is looking forward to getting back on the ice Saturday against New York.


Josh Willingham gets my vote for “Good Guy” of the team. He graciously came on live for our postgame interview after the Nats’ first win of the season even though I had already talked to him pregame for our “Covering the Bases” segment which runs throughout the game on Thursdays.

Then, I saw him on Nats Xtra - again live. Talk about a team player!

It was fitting he cranked out his first homer of the season (2nd career pinch hit homer) on the same night we were profiling “The Hammer.”

The Phillies are wearing the letters “HK” on the chests of their uniforms to honor the memory of longtime broadcaster Harry Kalas. His sudden death on Monday was a shock, especially to his baseball family, the Philadelphia Phillies.

Veteran pitcher Jamie Moyer told me he was such a pleasant person who will really be missed. The team will pay a special tribute to Harry Kalas tomorrow when they return home.

The tribute will include renaming the television booth The Harry Kalas Broadcast Booth, “That ball’s outta here!” His signature will also be displayed on the field during the team’s seven-day homestand.

The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by his three sons, Todd, Brad and Kane.

Also, throughout the 2009 season, after every Phillies homer, Kalas’ legendary “Outta Here!” home run call will be played over the PA system at Citizens Bank Park as the Liberty Bell lights up.