When You’re Smiling! When You’re Smiling!

AT&T SportsNet Astros Baseball Telecasters
Geoff Blum (L) and Todd Kalas
Prior to Game One of the Mariners@Astros Series
July 17, 2017


As pictured above, the visible, but largely silent guffaw on the face of Todd Kalas was an immediate reaction to the following amicable greeting exchange of words with partner Geoff Blum. Kalas had not worked the previous Astros home series with Minnesota, as Blum’s friendly biting wit duly notes.


Todd Kalas: “Hi, Everybody, welcome! – Todd Kalas alongside Geoff Blum, to another night of Astros baseball on AT&T Sports Net, and Blummer, when you look at this home stand, it was a nice way to kick things off with a series win over Minnesota.”

Geoff Blum: “First of all, you look at it. – Welcome back!”

Todd Kalas: (the mostly silent guffaw, as Blummer closes his eyes and almost smiles.)


Someone I greatly respect recently reminded me of what legendary broadcaster Ernie Harwell used to say about team broadcasters taking time off while their clubs were still playing regular season games. To paraphrase Harwell, he  said, “days off for baseball broadcasters are what the off-season is for.”

I’m with Harwell on this one.


Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle


2 Responses to “When You’re Smiling! When You’re Smiling!”

  1. Fred Soland Says:

    Methinks thou doth protest too much sir.

    We could be blessed with another Loel Pass or an egocentric Milo Hamilton. I will take Kalas (and his dad) any day.

    • Bill McCurdy Says:

      The quality of broadcasting is not strained in the instance of Sire Kalas. It dropeth as the gentle rain from Heaven upon the place beneath the booth, landing resonantly upon the eyes and ears of us whose only wish is for his visible presence with us in the trenches for every game of the long season of bonding, commiseration, and celebration.

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