Vin Scully broadcast his final game at Dodger Stadium Sunday, addressed the crowd for about 90 seconds, followed by the playing of a recording of his singing “Wind Beneath My Wings.”
“I am terribly embarrassed,” Scully told following the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 victory 10-inning over the Colorado Rockies that assured them of their fourth consecutive National League West Division championship.
“I was hoping that we would win the game 10-0 and there would be no tension and it would be a nice, easy day because I have a very, very small modest contribution on my last day,” Scully told the crowd announced at 51,962.
“I have always felt that you folks in the stands have been far, far important to me. You have given me enthusiasm. You have given me young at heart."
“Believe me when I tell you I’ve needed you far more than you neededme. I wanted to try and express my appreciation to all the players, God bless them, and to all you folks here in the ballpark."
“It’s a very modest thing. I sang this for my wife. It was a loving gesture. You know the song, `Wind Beneath My Wings.’
“That’s what you are. You are the wind beneath the team’s wings. You’re my wind. I know it’s modest. I know it’s an amateur. Do you mind listening?”
After the crowd cheered, the recording played, while Scully had his left arm around his wife Sandra.
Dodger batters tipped their helmets to Scully before their first at-bats and several of his grandchildren visited him in the broadcast booth.
Charlie Culberson’s first homer of the season broke a tie with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning. The Dodgers tied the score when Corey Seager hit a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
Colorado had taken a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth inning when David Dahl hit a solo homer with two outs on a 1-2 pitch from relief ace Kenley Jansen.
The 88-year-old Scully has said his final game will be next Sunday, when the Dodgers will be playing in San Francisco, because it comes 80 years to the day when he saw a sign at a laundry in his native New York City reporting the score of Game 2 of the World Series that day — New York Yankees 18, New York Giants 4, that prompted him to become a baseball fan.
“It seems like the plan was laid out for me, and all I had to do was follow the instructions,” Scully said.
On the day after his final game, Scully said “maybe the first thing I’ll do is take my watch off and put it in the drawer and just think ‘I can do anything I want,’ which probably will be have a nice breakfast, read the papers, maybe take a walk and get a good book and read that book.”
Scully said that in retirement he’ll most miss “the people who have just made me feel so much at home.”
Scully’s 67 seasons with the Dodgers is the longest tenure for a broadcaster with a team. He has been the Dodgers’ No. 1 broadcaster since 1954.
Either on the team or NBC broadcasts, Scully has called such memorable moments by the Dodgers (or their opponents) as Kirk Gibson’s pinch-hit home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, Sandy Koufax’s perfect game in 1965, New York Yankee pitcher Don Larsen’s perfect game against the Dodgers in the 1956 World Series and Hank Aaron’s record-
setting 715th home run.
Scully’s many honors include the Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually by the Baseball Hall of Fame to a broadcaster for “major contributions to baseball” and being named the greatest sportscaster by the American Sportscasters Association.
A ranking system devised by author Curt Smith for his 2005 book “Voices of the Game” determined that Scully was baseball’s greatest announcer, giving him a perfect score of 100, based on such factors as longevity, language, popularity and persona.
Scully said he would like to be remembered as “a good, honest man, a good husband, a good father, a good grandfather. I’m not even thinking about sports announcing.”