I Love Vin Scully

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He is great, and deserves his own thread. So here it is.

David R., Thursday, 13 September 2007 03:45 (thirteen years ago) link

He is the man! i remember as a kid turning down the sound on the TV for the game just to listen to Vin on the radio.

carne asada, Thursday, 13 September 2007 12:43 (thirteen years ago) link

I wish I'd been a baseball fan the years I lived in southern CA instead of becoming one right after I left.

Rock Hardy, Thursday, 13 September 2007 16:24 (thirteen years ago) link

The Ravine is just a beautiful place to watch a game

carne asada, Thursday, 13 September 2007 16:27 (thirteen years ago) link

Yah, the park doesn't get crowded till the third inning so you can really put your feet up.

Leee, Thursday, 13 September 2007 16:31 (thirteen years ago) link

Dude,it's called traffic

carne asada, Thursday, 13 September 2007 16:32 (thirteen years ago) link

LOL is that what it's called?

Steve Shasta, Thursday, 13 September 2007 16:48 (thirteen years ago) link

I know I posted his Pat Zachry quote somewhere

Dr Morbius, Thursday, 13 September 2007 16:49 (thirteen years ago) link

x post
no. i confess i was out in the parking lot smoking bowls until the second.

carne asada, Thursday, 13 September 2007 16:50 (thirteen years ago) link

great voice. love this guy

jergïns, Thursday, 13 September 2007 17:24 (thirteen years ago) link

Dodger Stadium is in Chavez Ravine

Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved, Thursday, 13 September 2007 19:20 (thirteen years ago) link

you are correct,sir

carne asada, Thursday, 13 September 2007 19:32 (thirteen years ago) link

to inject a contrarian note here, he was SOOOOOOOO rooting for the Red Sox in the 86 WS. kinda irked me back in the day.

gershy, Friday, 14 September 2007 02:11 (thirteen years ago) link

I've said it here before, and I'll say it again:

Baseball fans are getting ripped off every time he does not call a World Series game.

(The fact that we get Buck and McCarver only compounds the issue.)

boldbury, Friday, 14 September 2007 02:21 (thirteen years ago) link

I don't recall sensing any '86 rooting, but his call of Game 6 is the one I'll remember.

Dr Morbius, Friday, 14 September 2007 13:23 (thirteen years ago) link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t12qml7up-o

boldbury, Saturday, 15 September 2007 06:02 (thirteen years ago) link

one month passes...

"Chicken Catcher Torre"

carne asada, Tuesday, 6 November 2007 14:25 (twelve years ago) link

yes, what's the full story there

Dr Morbius, Tuesday, 6 November 2007 15:27 (twelve years ago) link

Vin Scully once joked that after Torre moved to third base the day after a rough home-plate collision, he would be forever known as "Chicken Catcher-Torre." And then said when he told Tommy Lasorda that story, Lasorda ordered two.

carne asada, Tuesday, 6 November 2007 15:30 (twelve years ago) link

I have a tough time watching Dodger games when it's the LA feed ... the guy never shuts up! Just a constant stream of banal trivia. If only Whitey Ashburn were still alive ...

zaxxon25, Tuesday, 6 November 2007 23:07 (twelve years ago) link

you are high, or you have never been subjected to any of the other sportscasters in the fox universe

maura, Wednesday, 7 November 2007 01:12 (twelve years ago) link

boldbury otm, it is a crime

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 7 November 2007 01:15 (twelve years ago) link

vin scully is undeniably awesome.

omar little, Wednesday, 7 November 2007 01:20 (twelve years ago) link

Yes, 100%. I hope he never shuts up ever.

Andy K, Wednesday, 7 November 2007 03:36 (twelve years ago) link

Just don't like his style, can't stand the constant babble. Growing up with Kalas/Ashburn makes me appreciate moments of silence punctuated with insight rather than a constant stream of trivia and media guide factoids.

Would I rather have Scully than McCarver/Buck? Certainly! But he's nowhere near my prototypical announcer.

zaxxon25, Wednesday, 7 November 2007 12:24 (twelve years ago) link

vin's from radio days. you can't be silent on the radio.

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 7 November 2007 13:14 (twelve years ago) link

nine months pass...

zaxxon25 has a moustache?

"Vin Scully talks too much."
— Dodgers second baseman Jeff Kent, on Vin Scully's argument that batting in front of Manny Ramirez was helping Kent.

Steve Shasta, Tuesday, 19 August 2008 03:48 (twelve years ago) link

http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-simers17-2008aug17,1,1324415.column

Other highlights:

"Scully is making the same point everyone else is making," I said. "He says the stats indicate you are having success hitting behind Ramirez -- tell me that isn't the case."

"See my answer to the first question," said Kent, and sometimes you wonder if he sleeps with his bed against a wall forcing him to always wake up on the wrong side. "Listen, I'm so tired of talking about this stuff. It diminishes my whole career and all the hard work. I take it as an insult."

And:

"I've been here four years and I have never seen Vin Scully down here in the clubhouse," Kent said. "How does Vin Scully know me? How does Vin Scully know Derek Lowe?"

That prompted a whelp from Lowe, loud enough so maybe Scully might hear. "Don't get me in this one," he said. "Make it Brad Penny, or Russell Martin. Not me. I'm just sitting here watching the steeplechase. I'm not in this one."

And:

"Everyone says I'm hitting now because some guy says so on TV?"

And:

Oh well, time to push all his buttons, Kent ranked No. 47 on the all-time RBI list only because they walked Barry Bonds ahead of him so often.

"You write too much," cracked Kent, who can be both funny and deadly serious in the same sentence.

"Where would you be without the opportunity in your career to hit behind Bonds and in front of Manny?"

Andy K, Tuesday, 19 August 2008 10:32 (twelve years ago) link

in JK's defense, you still have to hit. And the effect of "protection" has appeared in studies to be negligible.

Dr Morbius, Tuesday, 19 August 2008 14:36 (twelve years ago) link

Also: it's TJ Simers.

David R., Tuesday, 19 August 2008 14:50 (twelve years ago) link

yeah tj simers is probably the worst sportswriter in the world

omar little, Tuesday, 19 August 2008 17:26 (twelve years ago) link

dude is always coming with some wack ass challops.

carne asada, Tuesday, 19 August 2008 17:33 (twelve years ago) link

LA is blessed to have both TJ and Plaschke working in their fair city.

David R., Tuesday, 19 August 2008 17:55 (twelve years ago) link

one year passes...

this man is unmatched

ok dennis hopper (J0rdan S.), Sunday, 30 May 2010 22:13 (ten years ago) link

let's get back to this one

mookieproof, Sunday, 30 May 2010 22:40 (ten years ago) link

three weeks pass...

have now heard the history of several generations of cc sabathia's family

there was a reference to custer/the little big horn, but i didn't quite get the connection

mookieproof, Saturday, 26 June 2010 02:53 (ten years ago) link

three weeks pass...

tonight scully mentioned that travis ishikawa's grandmother was a mail-order bride

mookieproof, Thursday, 22 July 2010 07:03 (ten years ago) link

"And they lived happily ever after." (!!!)

Andy K, Thursday, 22 July 2010 11:02 (ten years ago) link

holy cultural differences, wayyyy different circumstances, it's called "picture bride". there's a great movie with the same name.

this is what happens when tokyo is leveled by firebombs, nagasaki/hiroshima are obliterated and many of japanese men aged 16-40 are killed while dug in the pacific islands.

kinda classless/insensitive way to put it imo. boo on vin.

_▂▅▇█▓▒░◕‿‿◕░▒▓█▇▅▂_ (Steve Shasta), Thursday, 22 July 2010 13:05 (ten years ago) link

tonight's vin tidbit: this is the 857th consecutive game without rain at dodger stadium

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KjF58a6V_s

mookieproof, Friday, 23 July 2010 02:44 (ten years ago) link

four weeks pass...

http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-dodgers-vin-scully-20100822,0,4307045.story

By T.J. Simers
August 21, 2010|8:40 p.m.


Vin Scully, in the homes of fans here since 1958, said he will announce Sunday his future plans as they relate to the Dodgers.

He offered no hints on what they might be before sitting behind the microphone for Saturday night's game.

"I know what I am going to do and I would imagine the Dodgers will arrange things so an announcement can be made before [Sunday's] game,'' said Scully, who will be 83 before the start of next season. "I'd like to do that so everyone hears it at the same time. It's the proper way to do it.''

Bee OK, Sunday, 22 August 2010 07:11 (ten years ago) link

Give him the World Series this year FOR THE LOVE OF CHRIST

progressive cuts (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 22 August 2010 10:35 (ten years ago) link

Joe Buck will mention Scully's retirement during one of the WS games, just after he plugs some football, while those jumping football robots are on the screen.

Andy K, Sunday, 22 August 2010 11:03 (ten years ago) link

yay, hope i get to sit in Dodger Stadium w/ radio on next summer.

kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 22 August 2010 18:48 (ten years ago) link

seven months pass...

vin has gone off on an awesome tangent about batting gloves brought on by a pinch hit appearance by nate schierholtz

J0rdan S., Saturday, 2 April 2011 04:46 (nine years ago) link

yeah!

can't believe i've never heard that rizzuto rat story before

Suicide Demo for Kemba Walker (govern yourself accordingly), Saturday, 2 April 2011 04:50 (nine years ago) link

lol he went on for over 5 mins, so awesome

J0rdan S., Saturday, 2 April 2011 04:51 (nine years ago) link

@stephenjnesbitt
Vin Scully came over earlier to ask @Tom_Singer, “How do you pronounce that shortstop’s name? The guy who got hurt?” Ghang. “Ooooh, Ghang!"

mookieproof, Saturday, 19 September 2015 02:41 (five years ago) link

two weeks pass...

"resting comfortably" after a medical procedure, won't be doing postseason radio

http://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgers/dodgersnow/la-sp-dn-dodgers-vin-scully-will-miss-postseason-20151008-story.html

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Friday, 9 October 2015 11:39 (five years ago) link

:( hopefully he'll be back next year for the farewell tour

(•̪●) (carne asada), Friday, 9 October 2015 13:38 (five years ago) link

six months pass...

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CgDcg-gW4AELe6H.jpg

mookieproof, Friday, 15 April 2016 16:42 (four years ago) link

i love vin scully

Karl Malone, Friday, 15 April 2016 16:55 (four years ago) link

#GOAT

if young slothrop don't trust ya i'm gon' rhyme ya (slothroprhymes), Friday, 15 April 2016 17:42 (four years ago) link

Some of his games belongs to the National Recording Registry.

Van Horn Street, Friday, 15 April 2016 17:48 (four years ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CgLFWl4WIAAMdpR.jpg

Karl Malone, Saturday, 16 April 2016 15:20 (four years ago) link

"Back to my bladder..."

Andy K, Saturday, 16 April 2016 15:23 (four years ago) link

http://www.sportingnews.com/mlb-news/4702216-vin-scully-madison-bumgarner-story-snake-rabbit-dodgers-giants

was shocked that this revive wasn't about this

k3vin k., Saturday, 16 April 2016 16:25 (four years ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CgqG6G1WgAA-Vkx.jpg

mookieproof, Friday, 22 April 2016 21:26 (four years ago) link

Jesus

Andy K, Friday, 22 April 2016 23:50 (four years ago) link

that cannot be real. right?

Karl Malone, Saturday, 23 April 2016 00:34 (four years ago) link

i made a cursory exploration but chose not to inspect too deeply

mookieproof, Saturday, 23 April 2016 01:53 (four years ago) link

at any rate, the twins did beat the mariners 14-4 on 8/15/87 and hrbek did hit his sixth homer in eight games

mookieproof, Saturday, 23 April 2016 01:57 (four years ago) link

the reference to "new power generation" seems suspicious since NPG didn't exist til later.

unless......... prince named it after this call!!!?!?!?!?!?!11111!1111eleven!!!11

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 23 April 2016 20:19 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

Apparently Vin went on a brief rant against Venezuelan socialism last night (so I guess he's voting for Clinton).

helpless before THRILLARY (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 18 June 2016 12:51 (four years ago) link

coot

www.truebluela.com/2016/6/17/11967984/vin-scully-gets-political-not-a-fan-of-socialism

helpless before THRILLARY (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 18 June 2016 13:04 (four years ago) link

yesterday's BP podcast dug through Vin's career, largely as chronicled by SI profiles from 1964 on.

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=29598

helpless before THRILLARY (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 22 June 2016 14:07 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

tampa's visit to dodger stadium is providing an opportunity for scully to offer fun facts about giant manta rays

mookieproof, Wednesday, 27 July 2016 20:37 (four years ago) link

(•̪●) (carne asada), Wednesday, 27 July 2016 20:51 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

I think they're finally gonna put Vin in the field!

http://www.dodgersnation.com/vin-scully-retirement-game-tickets-pulled-for-additional-promotions/2016/08/30/

The Hon. J. Piedmont Mumblethunder (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 31 August 2016 01:54 (four years ago) link

http://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgers/la-sp-dodgers-vin-scully-20160913-snap-story.html

If the Dodgers win the World Series in Vin Scully’s final year, the voice announcing the championship will not belong to Scully.

Scully said Tuesday he would not call any Dodgers playoff games on radio, meaning his career will end Oct. 2 in San Francisco.

“Otherwise, I’d be saying goodbye like in grand opera, where you say goodbye 12 different times,” Scully told The Times.

Although national broadcasters have exclusive television rights to playoff games, Scully has called the Dodgers’ postseason games on radio in recent years. The team had hoped he would do so again this year, but Scully said two farewells would be enough: Sept. 25, when the Dodgers play the Colorado Rockies in the final regular season home game, and Oct. 2, when the Dodgers finish the regular season at AT&T Park.

Said Scully: “I’m going to say goodbye at Dodger Stadium the last game with Colorado. I will say goodbye in San Francisco. And then that will be it.”

In his 67th and final season as voice of the Dodgers, Scully has called three road games: Opening day in San Diego, and two games in Anaheim. He said he would work all three games of the weekend series in San Francisco.

“And then I will go home,” he said.

For Scully, 88, the most poetic sports broadcaster of all time, his career will have a poetic ending.

He grew up in New York. As he walked home from school one afternoon, at age 8, he passed a laundry that displayed the score of that day’s World Series game: New York Yankees 18, New York Giants 4.

“As a little kid, my first thought was, ‘Oh, those poor Giants,’“ Scully said. “From that little kernel, I developed a desire and a love for baseball. Since the Giants were 20 city blocks from my school and I could get there thanks to the Catholic Youth Organization and the Police Athletic League, I could go to games free, Monday through Friday. So I became a very big Giants fan.

“As things turn out, the last game of the season, and my last broadcast, will be against the Giants, in San Francisco, Oct. 2, 2016 — exactly 80 years to the day that I saw that Giant-Yankee scorecard.

“That is a fitting conclusion, I think, to my career.”

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Bee OK, Tuesday, 13 September 2016 23:46 (four years ago) link

exactly 80 years to the day

damn

mookieproof, Tuesday, 13 September 2016 23:48 (four years ago) link

Lou Gehrig played in that game.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/NY1/NY1193610020.shtml

timellison, Wednesday, 14 September 2016 01:33 (four years ago) link

well yes, as he played in every game til he got sick.

Vin is committed to Trump fundraisers the rest of October (j/k)

The Hon. J. Piedmont Mumblethunder (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 14 September 2016 02:18 (four years ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cs5rWR_UAAATsAJ.jpg

mookieproof, Wednesday, 21 September 2016 19:34 (four years ago) link

I'm going to his last home game this Sunday - I believe its 'Grown Men Cry' day at the park.

Vin said recently he was gonna have a surprise for the fans on Sunday which Im kind of geeked about. Vin usually doesnt disappoint.

carthago delenda est (mayor jingleberries), Wednesday, 21 September 2016 22:29 (four years ago) link

tonight ESPN is playing tribute to Vin during the Giants vs. Dodger game. they are also letting Vin call the 4th inning tonight.

also for people of Los Angeles who don't get Time Warner cable. They are playing the last three home games on KTLA channel 5 vs the Rockies. they are also going to play the last games he will ever call next weekend in San Francisco again vs the Giants and again on KTLA channel 5.

great for me as i'm blacked out.

Bee OK, Wednesday, 21 September 2016 23:40 (four years ago) link

ESPN

anyone else going to watch this inning?

Bee OK, Thursday, 22 September 2016 03:34 (four years ago) link

got it on here.

honestly i've never really understood the love for vin's style but the persistence and longevity deserves respect and then some. no one will ever have a career like this again.

call all destroyer, Thursday, 22 September 2016 03:41 (four years ago) link

incredible

Bee OK, Thursday, 22 September 2016 03:43 (four years ago) link

and it's coming to a close, so very sad but age is a part of life...

Bee OK, Thursday, 22 September 2016 03:44 (four years ago) link

just learned that jaime jarrin has been the dodgers' spanish-language broadcaster for 58 years. wonder if there's anyone else even close to the two of them

mookieproof, Thursday, 22 September 2016 06:49 (four years ago) link

http://www.gq.com/story/vin-scully-is-a-legend-but-not-a-saint

nomar, Friday, 23 September 2016 18:32 (four years ago) link

@VinScullyTweet
"For those of you who wonder what I will do. Put it this way, I'm looking for a much smaller house, and a much larger medicine cabinet."

Andy K, Saturday, 24 September 2016 02:34 (four years ago) link

it appears this hasn't ever been posted -- 1964 SI profile by Robert Creamer

Before his graduation from Fordham in 1949 he wrote dozens of letters to radio stations up and down the East Coast, applying for a job. He did not really expect any results from the letters, but to his surprise he landed a summer spot as an announcer with a station in Washington, and there he picked up his first professional experience. That position ended when the summer did, and Scully returned to New York. One day he walked into the Columbia Broadcasting System office and asked to speak to Red Barber, who at that time was also sports director of the CBS network. Scully managed to see Barber and they had a pleasant, if brief, chat, but there was no job available and, in fact, Scully did not even fill out an application.

That fall CBS had a Saturday afternoon college football program, which Barber ran, that utilized a roundup broadcast of several games from around the country. Barber, on the air, would contact the announcer at one of the games, get a quick report from him and perhaps a few minutes of play-by-play and then switch to another game. One week the announcer who was supposed to handle the Notre Dame-North Carolina game in Yankee Stadium fell ill at the last minute. Ernie Harwell, who had broadcast Dodger games with Barber, was scheduled to do the Boston University-Maryland game in Boston, but Barber switched him to New York for the Notre Dame-North Carolina game, which was supposed to be the big game of the week. Then Red looked around for someone to take over the game in Boston. No one was available. Every experienced announcer was busy. Barber thought for a while and then said, "Who was that redheaded kid who came in here that day looking for a job? Anybody remember his name? Where was he from? Fordham, wasn't it?"

..."That winter Ernie Harwell shifted from the Dodgers to the Giants. Ernie had come up to the Dodgers in the first place when Red had gotten ill suddenly in Pittsburgh during a road trip, and when Red got better there were three of them broadcasting, Red, Ernie and Connie Desmond, who had been with Red for years. When Red came back, Ernie more or less made a job for himself, but when he got the chance to go over to the Giants he took it. Now the Dodgers needed someone to take his place. But they didn't want anyone with a great deal of experience. They wanted someone who could handle commercials and fill in for an inning or two now and then. Red suggested me. The agency that handled the advertising had some doubts, but Red got the ball club to let me go to spring training on a trial basis. Then Red called me and asked me if I'd be interested. Oh, boy! Here I was, 22, single, just out of college, and I'm asked if I'd like to go to spring training with the Dodgers!

"I had to go over and be interviewed by Branch Rickey, who was president of the Dodgers then. I spent three hours with him; I remember that because he had lunch brought in. He did most of the talking. He talked about the pitfalls a young man faced. He asked me, 'You married?' I said, 'No, sir.' He said, 'Engaged?' I said, 'No, sir.' He said, 'Go steady?' I said, 'No, sir.' He said, 'Got a girl?' I said, 'Well, no.' He chewed that cigar of his for a minute and then he snapped, 'Get a girl, go steady, get engaged, get married. Best thing in the world for a young man.' "

http://www.si.com/vault/1964/05/04/606816/the-transistor-kid

The Hon. J. Piedmont Mumblethunder (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 27 September 2016 16:39 (four years ago) link

http://i.imgur.com/nAGR58P.png

mookieproof, Friday, 30 September 2016 18:10 (four years ago) link

omg

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Friday, 30 September 2016 19:13 (four years ago) link

how much of Vin's last game do i need to watch?

The Hon. J. Piedmont Mumblethunder (Dr Morbius), Monday, 3 October 2016 16:48 (four years ago) link

i didn't catch it :(

k3vin k., Monday, 3 October 2016 16:50 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

one of today's announced recipients of the Presidential Medal Of Freedom.

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 16 November 2016 20:13 (three years ago) link

https://twitter.com/ABC/status/801170791173758976

(•̪●) (carne asada), Tuesday, 22 November 2016 22:01 (three years ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/ExGmx8p.jpg

(•̪●) (carne asada), Tuesday, 22 November 2016 22:04 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

90 today

mookieproof, Wednesday, 29 November 2017 17:38 (two years ago) link

big man ting

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 29 November 2017 19:57 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

We know you all missed Opening Day as much as we did. In the meantime until we see you again soon, here’s a special message from someone who always makes us feel better. pic.twitter.com/Na3ea1bjMh

— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 27, 2020

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Friday, 27 March 2020 22:33 (seven months ago) link

five months pass...

He's all in for Twitter

Hello everyone! This is Vin Scully here. Delighted to join you on twitter. Have a great day! #VinScully pic.twitter.com/RKbSzCiWwq

— Vin Scully (@TheVinScully) September 2, 2020

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 2 September 2020 18:15 (one month ago) link


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