I’m feeling Blue, having watched and heard my last home game broadcast by Vin Scully. The Voice of the Dodgers, at 89, has been an inimitable talent for 67 years, beginning in the Dodgers’ historic old days in Brooklyn. Imagine him broadcasting Jackie Robinson’s first game, and all the other players of color who followed. Calling the famous Kirk Gibson walk-off home run to win the 1988 Series; Sandy Koufax’s perfect game; six (6!) World Series wins…and more.
While I welcome and support Joe Davis as the next Voice, I will certainly miss the National Treasure that is Vin Scully. I can’t believe we’ll never again hear him open the game with: “It’s time for Dodger baseball!” His integrity, passion for the game, and utter respect and dignity shown for every player out there is a breed of class rarely seen; all this was underscored by his hesitancy to have Elysian Park Avenue renamed in his honor. Vin actually suggested the City Council name it after someone else. This request was denied.
What can’t be denied is Vin Scully’s contribution to baseball history. Here’s hoping these next few weeks lead to a Dodgers’ 7th World Series win for Vin!
Thank you, Vincent Edward Scully. May you have a long, healthy, happy retirement. We will miss you.