Baseball fans know Harry Kalas as the legendary voice of the Philadelphia Phillies. But many forget he started out calling games down in Texas for the Houston Astros from 1965-70 before heading north.
Harry's son Todd followed in his father's footsteps with a career in baseball broadcasting and spent the last 19 years with the Tampa Bay Rays.
But now Todd Kalas is going back to the town he was born in to take a job as the Houston Astros play-by-play caller on television.
The team announced the move right around Christmass but we're just seeing it now.
"This is the fulfillment of a dream, to work a full season doing play-by-play as part of the Astros new broadcast team," Kalas said in the release. "This opportunity with Houston has been my long-term goal since my collegiate broadcasting days. To return to the city where I was born, work with such great organizations as the Astros and ROOT Sports, and to be a part of an exciting Houston team with great expectations is beyond anything I could have hoped for. "
Kalas will replace Bill Brown who retired this offseason after 30 years with the team. He'll work alongside color man Geoff Blum.
There are seemingly countless metrics one can use to detail Joel Embiid's supremacy as a Sixer, but perhaps no stats more clearly tell the story of how indefatigable the rookie has been this season than those of his free-throw shooting. Despite ranking just eighth on the team in total minutes, he's already gotten to the line 215 times this season and made 169 of them, about 250% more than the second-most made FTs on the team (Ersan Ilyasova, 65). What's more, his seven games with ten or more free throws attempted is already more than Thaddeus Young (six), Evan Turner (three) or Jrue Holiday (zero) ever had as a Liberty Baller.
But yesterday against the Bucks saw JoJo hit a new level with his foul drawing. Despite essentially being shut down by the Bucks in the first half -- I can't remember if he even had a single bucket at the break -- The Process eventually imposed his will in Milwaukee in a major way, parading to the line in the second half, ending with 22 points (as well as 12 rebounds and five blocks) on 4-9 shooting, getting to the line an astounding 18 times.
Who was the last Sixers giant to accomplish such a feat, you might wonder? Well...
Yes, it's been an impressive season for our double-redshirt rookie, and every game he seems to add another immortal name to his list of historical analogues. But not until now could we afford to mention him alongside the great Henry "Lickface" Sims, two-year Process legend whose 18 trips to the free-throw line on April 4, 2014 totally helped us win that random late-season game against the then-rebuilding Boston Celtics. As impossible as it once seemed, it now appears that soon, Embiid's folk herodom will be as self-evident and undeniable to the Sons of Sam as that of Hammerin' Hank himself.
Get this guy to the All-Star team already.
Even Dario Saric is getting in on the Joel Embiid All-Star Game craze.
After the Sixers' 113-104 win over the Bucks Monday, Saric made the case for Embiid in a postgame interview with CSN's Molly Sullivan.
"Joel, for sure, he deserves to be in All-Star Game ... he's the guy who changed the sport in Philly," Saric said.
"And if we get Ben [Simmons] to him, we got good couples for so many years."
Saric definitely trusts The Process.
"He deserve everything ... he's maybe the best big man in the league."
We'll find out if the fans like him as much as Saric does Monday at midnight when fan voting ends.
Catch the full interview above for more.