Jamie Moyer was preparing for his start when Harry Kalas collapsed in the broadcast booth of Nationals Stadium on Monday, April 13, due to a fatal heart attack. Moyer got the win in a 9-8 defeat of the Nationals. He said: “I heard Harry’s voice probably for the first time as a 9-year-old kid. I grew up listening to Harry. He was just a great ambassador for the game.”
Moyer added: “I think the sadness of Monday, that was my heaviest day… hearing the news before the game was quite shocking. Anyone who heard it was shocked, whether you were a player, a fan, with the media. When you deal with death, it always makes you stop and reassess things and go, ‘Hmm.’
Moyer spoke at the memorial service for Harry Kalas the Saturday after his death. He said: “I was honored to do it. In that type of situation, it was very special to me to talk about my feelings for a person [we’re] grieving for. It was not an easy thing to do, but I enjoyed doing it. It was my way of grieving.
“I just think he was real. What you saw every day, who he was — well, he was real. There was always a pleasantness about him. There was no underlying motive. He was real. There were no barriers.”