I never thought that I would ever see the day that the great Vin Scully would actually stop broadcasting a baseball game.
If you’ve visited this site before, I’ve mentioned on many occasions the biggest reason why I do what I do is because of Vin and the late Los Angeles Lakers play-by-play announcer Chick Hearn.
You can certainly include the Los Angeles Kings play-by-play announcer Bob Miller in the upper echelon of LA’s great broadcasters and I wouldn’t argue the point. Hockey wasn’t my first love and I’m not ashamed to admit that, but I certainly appreciate greatness no matter the sport.
The beauty of all three of these men is that they are all great for each of their individual sport that they broadcasted.
Bob wouldn’t be the same if he worked a basketball game, Vin for hockey and Chick for baseball. That’s not to say they couldn’t achieve the same success, but their styles are what sets them apart.
With me and Vin specifically, baseball has and will always be my first love. Why was this man able to affect so many lives for 67 years in the broadcast booth?
The simple reason is his God given gift to be able to speak to thousands of people on any given day and make them feel like they were the only ones listening to him.
That’s a hard thing to master. Making the listener feel as though they’re having a personal connection with you.
He was able to talk to every single baseball fan, whether they liked the Dodgers or not, and have a one-on-one conversation with them about a baseball game.
In all honesty, I should be bleeding Dodger blue right now. Alas, I’m not. Why? Simply because of the way the Dodgers would trade off a lot of the players I liked growing up i.e, Mike Piazza, Pedro Martinez and Hideo Nomo just to name a few.
However, I would never stop listening to Vin Scully.
You wouldn’t just get the progress of the game, but he would mix in some history lessons during the broadcast. The stories about previous legends of decades past and the best part for me was the background of every player that was playing that day.
There will never be another Vin Scully. That’s not to say that someone won’t be broadcasting for as long as he has, but everyone has their own way of doing things and that’s okay.
Vin wrote a letter to the fans thanking them for joining him on his “incredible journey.”
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 23, 2016
I will simply say to Mr. Scully, thank you sir for sharing your stories and insight on the great game of baseball over your 67 years of broadcasting. It was a pleasure to listen to you.