On this day 3 years ago, Vin Scully called his final home Dodger game at the stadium. Although the Dodgers and their fans lucked out in his replacement, there will be never be another legend like Vin Scully.
Vin Scully signed off for the last time at Dodger Stadium 3 years ago today.
Still miss the golden voice of summer. pic.twitter.com/kTpcM8cdfR
— Clint Pasillas (@realFRG) September 25, 2019
His Final Call
This needs no words from me:
A Myth, A Legend, A Kind Man
For 67 years Dodgers Nation, Baseball fans, and really the world, was graced by the voice and poetry of Vin Scully. In those 67 years America had seen 11 different presidents, regimes rise and fall, and baseball grow and change.
He called 19 different no hitters. The 1955 Dodgers had Duke Snider, Don Newcombe, Roy Campanella, and Jackie Robinson. He was the youngest person to ever broadcast a World Series game. For decades, the entire umpiring crew gave Vin Scully a salute up in the broadcast booth. From Jackie Robinson to Clayton Kershaw, Vin Scully touched us all with his voice. He became a part of our family, our homes, our lives. His iconic voice and timbre resonated with people like nobody else ever has or ever will. Vin Scully is a part of our hearts.
A Personal Connection
Anyone who knows me probably also knows another reason Vin Scully will always live in my heart and in my family, as if his existence and career wasn’t enough. Dodgers Nation did a story on this before I was even apart of it, thanks to Gail Johnson. I hadn’t been to a game at Dodger Stadium in many years because I live across the country. My first game at Dodger Stadium in years, and as a father, and this happened
This happened Vin Scully’s final season, no less. I am not embarrassed to say I’ve watched this probably thousands of times. Hearing the heavenly voice of Vin Scully recite Dr. Suess while my daughter took in the environment of Dodger Stadium transcends any paltry words I could assign to it.
After I was informed by a barrage of text messages that this happened, I was in a cloud of joy the whole game (despite the Dodgers losing, by the way.) I knew the gravity of it. As I watch my daughter grow, it serves as a beautiful reminder of the passage of and that the little things really do touch our hearts. How can you not be romantic about baseball?
His Voice Never Leaves Us
Vinny once said, “I guess my thermometer for baseball fever is still a goose bump.” There’s not a single call of Vinny’s that doesnt elicit at least one goose bump from me. From his childlike excitement describing a prank in the Dodger dugout seen here:
To one of the greatest moments in sports history. Notice I did not say Dodgers history. Every one knows that Kirk Gibson’s walk-off is one of the greatest moments in sports history. Vin Scully was brilliant with his words, and just as brilliant when he let the crowd noise narrate the moment.
A Salute To Vin Scully
It’s easy to feel excessively saccharine as a writer when you describe Vin Scully. All the biggest and most cliche superlatives (legend, GOAT, myth, icon) are needed because Vin Scully is the person who most deserves those descriptors. He is the real deal legend, GOAT, myth, and icon. I have found myself looking at the Vin Scully bobble head on my desk while writing this, feeling a sense of wonder about just talking about him. Every year that we remember his last call, his last Dodger game, the amount of love and appreciate for Vincent Edward Scully will never grow stale.
“You and I have been friends for a long time, but I know in my heart that I’ve always needed you more than you’ve needed me, and I’ll miss our time together more I can say.” – Vin Scully
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