Vin Scully = Dodger Baseball-Part Deux- In my own words…….

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******I tried to post
this years ago on the

 

Dodger message board.
But it would

 

immediately
be deleted. Why?  I will never

 

know. I just wrote it
in appreciation of a man that has given so much.

 

Vin Scully IS Dodger
baseball

 

In this day of free
agency and supposed “loyalty” of ballplayers, the Dodgers you watch
on the field, change every year. The one constant, is Vincent Edward Scully.
Vin Scully. The epitome of a team player.

 

 Through all the
good times, and bad, Vin has been there for us, to describe it all. And
describe it he does, in beautiful, poetic detail.  After a tough loss, or
a long, terrible road trip, he feels our pain as well.

 

“Losing hurts
worse, then winning feels good,” he once said.

 

 Boy, isn’t that
the truth. But Vinny is no homer…He describes everything his eyes see, but
maybe not what you want to hear. During a particularly average Dodger season,
he once said,

 

“The Dodgers are
such a .500 team, that if there was a way to split a 3 game series, they could
do it.”

 

 He calls it as
he sees it. But with his decades of memories,  he is always able to put
things in perspective.  Before tv carried every game, Vinny described on
radio, in masterful detail, every play. No “color” commentator
needed. With your eyes closed and the radio on, his words paint a picture, of a
game thousands of miles away. He is just as likely to mix in an elegant quote
from Hamlet, as he is funny lines from Abbot and Costello. No
“boo-ya” or “back, back, back, back, back” for Vinny. . His
home run call is both classic, and amazingly descriptive.

 

” It’s a long
fly ball to deep left field, back goes Bonds, awaaay back, to the warning
track, the wall, she is GONE!!!!”

 

To me, the new
baseball season doesn’t start until I hear Vin say, ” Dodger baseball is
on the air!”

 

The Dodgers, and Vin
Scully, were a huge part of my childhood memories. I snuck a small radio
into my 6th grade class, out of site of course from Sister Mary, during
the 1974 world series. And Vinny was there to describe it all.  And
to explain it all. The ultimate teacher of baseball.

 

To be
continued…….

 

( Picture of Vinny
singing ” Take me out to the ballgame” courtesy of Malingering, of
Flickr.com fame)

 

Go Blue!

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One comment

  1. 15thtee

    I love listening to Scully call games. I miss the days when Jack Buck would call games for the Cardinals, it was rough to hear his voice fading in 2001 though. Not being a Dodgers fan, I remember his call of Mookie Wilson’s grounder in the 86 series against the Red Sox the most.

    He’s one of a kind!

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