Sometimes baseball writes a better script for itself than any of us can imagine. A Hollywood type of ending perfect for LA.
Vin Scully has been one of the most recognizable sports broadcasters for the past few decades. I often think of him as the “Don Pardo” of baseball. Scully has been the broadcaster for the Dodgers since their days in Brooklyn, and after 67 years he’s decided to hang up the mic and retire.
It was the Dodgers final home game of the year. Tied at 3-3 with the Rockies, in the bottom of the 10th inning. Charlie Culberson would give Scully a proper send off as he crushed a walk off homer to left field.
“Can you believe it? A walk off home run! The Dodgers clinch the division and will celebrate on schedule.”
I don’t think anyone could believe it. According to the LA Times, Scully has called close to 10,000 Dodger games. Some of his most memorable include Sandy Koufax’s perfect game, Kirk Gibson’s home run in the 1988 World Series, and of course, the favorite of every Mets fan:
“Little roller up along first…behind the bag! It gets through Buckner! Here comes Knight and the Mets win it!”
His favorite though? When he called the Brooklyn Dodgers one and only World Series victory over the New York Yankees. He was 25 years old, and shared in the same longing as many other Dodger fans did in those days to finally beat the Yankees and win it all.
“Ladies and Gentleman, the Brooklyn Dodgers are Champions of the World.” It played over the radio waves in his beautiful sing-song tone. His words were like a warm embrace to all those listening. Scully said he couldn’t say another word on that broadcast without crying out of pure joy.
It’s going to be a little strange for Dodger fans not hearing that familiar voice over the radio waves anymore. But for his last home game at Dodger stadium, it was the perfect ending.