“IT’S TIME FOR DODGER BASEBALL!”
To hear Vin Scully say that before every Los Angeles Dodger baseball game is, in a sense, soothing to me. And now it is almost over. Vin Scully, the longtime announcer for the Dodgers, is retiring at the end of the regular season, after an illustrious 67-year career.
That’s right. Sixty-seven years. 6. 7.
In a most fitting way to go out at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers clinched a playoff berth and National League West division title yesterday with a walk-off homerun by Charlie Culberson in the bottom of the 10th inning. It was Vin’s last game at Dodger Stadium.
He is the greatest announcer that has ever lived and while we are sad to see him go, we are more thrilled that we got to experience such a master at work for such a long time. The way he called a game is truly iconic and could not be described any better than by Vin himself:
“The game is just one long conversation, and I’m anticipating that, and I will say things like ‘Did you know that?’ or ‘You’re probably wondering why.’ I’m really just conversing rather than just doing play-by-play. I never thought of myself as having a style. I don’t use key words. And the best thing I do? I shut up.”
His way of storytelling a game and painting a picture of what is going to be remembered but he is also a genuine and very humble man. He always gives credit where credit is due and has never boasted about any of his many achievements.
So, one last time, let’s hear you say it Vinny: