"Thank You, Vin"
It's come to this. Today is Vin Scully's last game at Dodger Stadium announcing Dodger baseball after 67 years. Fortunately, it's not his last game, yet. That's still be pushed back a few days, since he'll be going up to San Franciso to end the season. And his career. But this is his last game before the home crowd.
On Friday, the Los Angeles Dodgers honored the fellow with an emotional ceremony. And here are three videos of that event.
It starts with a lovely 3-minute tribute video, "Thank You, Vin," that was played to the crowd on the big scoreboard. I have no doubt that it was a challenge figuring out what to cram into three minutes, and mostly it's some impressive people talking about Vin Scully, but they did a wonderful job.
This is the Introduction of Scully to the crowd, hosted by by current Dodgers radio announcers, Charley Steiner. Not much is said here, but it's not silent. That's because it's three minutes of cheering and a standing ovation, as people like Sandy Koufax, Don Newcombe, Clayton Kershaw, Kevin Costner, Tommy Lasorda, Peter O'Malley and others look on.
And here at last is Vin Scully's gracious, charming speech. There's one oddity -- when mentioning the year he began broadcasting, he says 1958, which is long enough away, but the actual year was 1950. I have a feeling that what he's referring to is when he first began broadcasting in Los Angeles, after the team moved from Brooklyn. That might have been implied, in his mind, but I just wanted to offer a clarification.
And offer his farewell.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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