Goodbye, Vin, and thanks for all the fish

The Dodgers’ legendary broadcaster Vin Scully called his last game today in San Francisco. The Bay Area did itself proud in paying tribute to him and to his 67-year career.

That plaque on the wall reads in part “Vin Scully’s Final Broadcast.” It’s inside the visitors’ broadcast booth at AT&T Park in San Francisco, and the two gentlemen are Willie Mays and Vin Scully. Vin has always said Willie was the best player he ever saw.

The crowd in the Giants’ park gave him a rousing welcome and ovation when he arrived in the broadcast booth:

And then he said goodbye

and flew off into the sunset with a friend also named Scully:

Thank you, Vin. I first heard you in 1959 or 1960 when my family moved to Westwood, Ca. I scored games in spiral notebooks as you and Jerry Doggett called them from distant places like St. Louis and Milwaukee and Philadelphia as well as right across town in the Coliseum. When I went to the nearest Union 76 station the portraits I got for free represented more than just my imagination, for you had made the players and the games real.

We moved across country after the 1962 season and I rarely heard you for twenty years until my work took me back to Los Angeles in the mid-1980s. I’ll never forget the first night I was back in that city hunting for the Dodgers’ game on the radio and hearing your voice again, a little older and with an additional partner (Ross Porter). It was wonderful.

For the last twenty years the local cable company has carried the Dodgers’ games on either Prime Ticket or the newer Sports Net Los Angeles channels and Scully has done all the home games and until recently away games west of the Rockies, so I’ve had the great pleasure of hearing him even more than I did when I was a kid.

What the hell, the man’s 88 years old. He’s entitled to retire.

Thanks, Vin, for the highlights and the joy as well as the reminder when the team failed that there was always another game next day or next year. Enjoy your retirement with Sandi.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Mahalo, Link — well said.

  • I’ve never heard this before: Vin reciting the “People will come” speech from “Field of Dreams.”

  • Here’s an infographic of Vin’s career.

  • WBBsAs

    Willie was a Giant among Gnats.

    • Bumsrap

      Puig should learn the bucket catch.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Recall seeing him do it a couple of times when he played center in 2014.

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    • Further information here with add’l news about Ryu and Wood’s experiences with the same surgery. It’s not Tommy John, it’s just a cleanup of debris in the elbow (hence “debridement.”)

      • WBBsAs

        What will the groom say?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Got my tix, but one scenario for Mathew has it providing wind and rain on Saturday/Sunday in DC.

    • WBBsAs

      If they get Saturday in, Sunday won’t matter – unless, of course, the weather prevents planes from taking off for California.

      • Bob_Hendley

        I only noted the Sunday forecast given the possibilities of a Saturday rainout (40% chance of rain is what they are saying now, but really too soon to tell given that it would stem from Mathew). Continued rain on Sunday under such a scenario would really mess up the scheduling.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Goodbye to Stewie as well. No longer Snake GM. Hale gone too. Now looking for fifth GM and manager since 2010.

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