Harry's Sage Advice for Sarge, and the Rest of Us

Harry's Sage Advice for Sarge, and the Rest of Us

April 13, 2009, was one of the toughest days most of us have had in our time following Philly sports. I can only imagine how much harder it must have been for the close friends and family of Harry Kalas, as well as those who worked with him, all of whom probably also fall under the "close friends" banner. 

Todd Zolecki spoke to a handful of Harry's colleagues from the broadcast booth and asked for some of their lasting memories of him. While I enjoyed them all, Jim Jackson's made me laugh out loud, and Sarge's had me reflecting on a truly outstanding piece of advice for a broadcaster, but also for fans.

Gary Matthews: "He taught me a lot. He taught me not to look at Ryan Howard's strikeouts as opposed to the damage that he's done. The numbers that he's put up are right up there with Babe Ruth and everyone else. In other words, Harry told me not to concentrate on the negatives -- concentrate more on positives, especially with a great player. And Ryan Howard was one of his favorites. He talked to me about those things. I don't know if he was putting me in line. He was more giving me his opinion, which I thought was great."  

Now, it's all part of being a sports fan to nitpick over the details and hash it out with fellow enthusiasts or opposing fans. But Harry really had a way of nailing the take-home points, didn't he? Sounds simple enough, focusing on the positives more than the negatives, but we can all get caught up on the wrong side of it sometimes.

Definitely check out what the others had to say about their friend, coworker, and example. 

Basebrawl! Bryce Harper fights Giants' Hunter Strickland after HBP

Basebrawl! Bryce Harper fights Giants' Hunter Strickland after HBP

SAN FRANCISCO -- Nationals slugger Bryce Harper and San Francisco reliever Hunter Strickland both landed punches to the head during a wild brawl that erupted Monday after a hit by pitch.

Harper was hit in the right hip by Strickland's 98 mph in the eighth inning with Washington ahead 2-0.

Harper pointed the bat toward Strickland, charged the mound and fired his batting helmet wide of the pitcher. They started to swing away and they each connected as the benches and bullpens emptied. At least two Giants players forcefully dragged Strickland from the middle of the brawl all the way into the dugout.

In the 2014 NL Division Series, Harper hit two home runs off Str

NBA Finals: Warriors coach Steve Kerr not well yet, but hasn't ruled himself out for Game 1

NBA Finals: Warriors coach Steve Kerr not well yet, but hasn't ruled himself out for Game 1

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State's Steve Kerr expects to decide soon whether he will coach in the NBA Finals, saying Monday he's not yet ready but hasn't ruled himself out for Game 1.

Kerr said: "As of right now I would not coach Thursday night. It's still up in the air." He said that by Game 1, he might make a decision on his status.

The reigning NBA Coach of the Year, still not feeling well after a May 5 procedure to repair a spinal fluid leak, addressed the media Monday when acting coach Mike Brown was out with the flu.

He joked: "I told the team the good news is the team is really healthy, the bad news is the coaching staff is dropping like flies."

Brown has been coaching the team since Game 3 of the first round at Portland, with Kerr assisting at practice and from the locker room before and during games.