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A tribute to Dodger’s announcer Vin Scully.

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In a baseball fan’s world, the first time you hear Dodger’s announcer Vin Scully is comparable to the first time you heard about J.F.K.’s assassination or the attacks of 9/11.

You remember where you were when you first heard it and chances are, your life changed.

It’s not meant to be an offensive comparison, but rather one that puts Scully’s impact on baseball into focus.

The best ever.

Vin Scully is much more than just an announcer for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is the face of the Dodger’s franchise, even though few people outside of California could tell you what he looks like. He is the American Dream, someone who knew what he wanted, worked towards it, and hasn’t stopped working towards it for 60 years. He is someone who looks for no recognition or praise, but because of his indeterminable drive, does nothing but gravitate towards it.

He is the face of baseball, preserving the hard work, honesty, integrity, and beauty of a flawed game.

Scully doesn’t announce, he paints. Announcers sway, announcers yell, announcers do play-by-play. Scully uses smooth strokes to create a picture of a game that is unfolding before your eyes. Everything flows seemlessly, and if it won’t, Scully’s not afraid to be silent for a moment.

Every game is an investment of a large part of himself. When he finishes a game, you can tangibly feel the energy he’s expelled. The decades of on-the-job experience, the countless hours of research, it’s taken something out of him. And you can feel it. You can really feel it.

The first time I felt it wasn’t through a transistor radio or at my grandmother’s house watching NBC’s Monday Night Baseball, like so many others.

It was last year.

I was living and working in Newport, Rhode Island. I had finally splurged and got the MLB Extra Innings package, but I had barely been able to watch it because of work. On a night off, I started changing the channel before I settled on the Dodgers versus Giants.

I’d hear of Scully before, but truthfully I had no idea what all the hubbub was about. Within moments, I knew.

The calmness. The I’m-not-going-to-ram-this-down-your-ears, matter-of-factness. The knowledge. The knowledge is where he draws you in; from the tendencies of the umpires behind the plate to the nuances of where Bengie Molina grew up, Scully knows something about everything.

I watched almost every Dodgers game for the rest of the season. My friends didn’t understand it. They just thought he was boring.

I dread the day Vin Scully retires, but I don’t think he ever will.

He will be like Brett Favre. He will be like Lance Armstrong. He’ll be Gordie Howe and Michael Jordan. He’ll keep coming back; it’s in his blood and something won’t feel right without it.

Scully will be more like Ted Radcliffe than any of those guys. Look him up. Scully would.


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  1. This is a great post! Vin Scully is legendary. He represents the Dodgers as much as anyone.

    There’s a new book out filled with Vin Scully stories told by Hall-of-Famers, former Dodgers, friends and fans. It called “I Saw It On the Radio”

    Vin Scully Book

    June 4, 2009 at 9:45 pm

  2. thanks for this great read i enjoyed it


    July 10, 2009 at 1:09 am

  3. Thanks for this. Vin Scully broadcasts a game like he’s in the family room with you, and you’re both watching the game. He is the voice of baseball!


    April 10, 2012 at 6:52 pm

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