The great Vin Scully has only a few more games left as the voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers. As he embarks on the last couple weeks of his legendary career, a rival is honoring him in a special way.
The man behind the Los Angeles Dodgers big blue curtain has just a handful of games left in his extraordinary career. As many know, Vin Scully will retire at the end of the season after 67 years on the job.
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Many players have made their way up to the Dodgers’ press box over the past few months to see Vin. Whether it was for a photo or just to pay homage, everyone wants to see the legend one final time.
When Vin calls his final game at AT&T Park on October 2nd, the Giants have prepared a short tribute for him that will not interfere with his broadcast. In addition, they will simulcast his call on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, their regular station.
It’s a pretty cool tribute from a division rival. After all, Vin grew up a rabid Giants fan. Legend says that he saw the score of a Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants game when he was a kid, and felt bad for the poor Giants. From that point on he started rooting for the Giants, while spending much of his childhood in the Polo Grounds.
Other networks have come forward to simulcast Vin’s final days in broadcasting. Tonight, ESPN will be simulcasting the Dodgers and Giants game in Los Angeles during the entire fourth inning. At the end of August, Comcast SportsNet in Chicago did the same thing for Vin during a Cubs game.
Fox Sports and other networks and radio stations have taken a different approach. The home for MLB playoff baseball and the World Series invited Scully into the booth for the All-Star game. They offered him a chance to broadcast an inning, the full game, or be a guest according to
. The Dodgers flagship radio station invited him to call the entire Dodger’s playoffs, but he declined that as well.
In an interview with the LA Times, Scully had this to say about his final broadcasts, “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.”
Many teams have honored Vin in numerous ways. The LA Kings gave him a customized jersey that they presented to him in the booth. The LA Angels gave him an engraved 1950’s style CBS Microphone and a framed scorecard of the 1989 MLB All-Star game that he called.
During the Dodgers’ final home games of the season, the Dodgers are hosting Vin Scully weekend. It includes a full pregame ceremony on Friday night with numerous speakers, prizes, and special ways for fans to thank Vin.
It’s been an incredible run for one of the greatest broadcasters to ever live, and a career like his will most likely never happen again. He is the owner of some of the greatest calls in both the MLB and NFL. His voice won’t be in the booth next April, but will be remembered by fans of the game long after his last call.