Kalas returns to broadcasting booth

Kalas returns to broadcasting booth

SEATTLE -- Todd Kalas returned to the Rays broadcast team Tuesday night after being away for the past week due to the death of his father, legendary Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas.

"I think getting back in the flow of work is definitely helping," Kalas said. "Being away from Philly, which was a beautiful week, but was always a constant reminder. It's nice to get back and stay busy. I think that's going to help -- part of the healing process."

Harry Kalas, 1936-2009

Harry Kalas died inside the team's broadcast booth on April 13 at age 73. He was inducted into the broadcaster's wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in 2002, having won the Ford C. Frick Award, which is presented to broadcasters who made major contributions to baseball. He had been a broadcaster for 43 years, the previous 38 with the Phillies, where he began working in 1971.

Todd called the response "overwhelming" in Philadelphia to his father's death.

"I knew he touched a lot of people, but I wasn't aware of how many he had an impact on," Kalas said. "To see them, to see the tributes were really touching. And that's what got to me, because he was always about the fans first. And for them to show the love back in the abundance that they did, it was truly amazing to be a part of that."

Todd returned to Tampa on Sunday then caught the team charter Monday night.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.