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LAst Night's Action: Another Sad Day in Baseball
Orlando Hudson hits for the cycle in the Dodgers home opener victory 11-1. AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill
Before I start the recaps, Monday was another sad day for baseball. First word came out that legendary Phillies play-by-play broadcaster Harry Kalas passed away after collapsing in the broadcasting booth in Washington, DC while preparing for the Phillies game against the Nationals. Starting in 1965 as the voice of the Houston Astros, Kalas joined the Phillies in 1971. He also was the narrator of NFL Films since 1975 and did voiceover for "Inside the NFL" from 1977 to 2008. Kalas' deep baritone voice called the biggest moments in Phillies history culminating in Brad Lidge's final strikeout in the World Series last season. Kalas was 73.
In other sad news former Detroit Tigers' pitching sensation Mark "The Bird" Fidrych died at the age of 54. He died in an accident on his farm in Worcester County, Massachusetts. Fidrych was a very strange cat and had a lot of idiosyncrasies while out on the mound which made him an instant celebrity in Detroit in his rookie 1976 season. Talking to the baseball, using his hands to fill the mound, swatting away flies he ended up getting 19 wins in that season giving him AL Rookie of the Year honors. While he couldn't replicate the success in subsequent seasons due to arm problems, he is still remember and loved in the world of baseball.
LA Dodgers defeat San Francisco Giants 11-1. This was a perfect historic game for the Dodgers. Chad Billingsley went seven strong innings giving up one run on five hits with 11 strikeouts and no walks. And imagine that wasn't the best thing to happen. Andre Ethier hit two homers notching four RBI and Giant's starter Randy Johnson lost for the first time at Dodger Stadium. But the day belonged to Orlando Hudson making his debut in a Dodger uniform at the Stadium. He became the second Los Angeles Dodger and ninth Dodger overall to hit for the cycle, the last being Wes Parker in 1970. Not only that, he's the first Dodger ever to hit for the cycle at Dodger Stadium and the first Los Angeles Dodger to hit for the cycle in a nine-inning game since 1949. With Vin Scully throwing the first pitch it was hard to see how this day could go wrong.
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