Emotions, Spirits High for Scully’s Final Game at Dodger Stadium

September 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

Vince Scully gives the fans thumbs up and thanks them once again by singing “Take Me Out To The Ball Park” in the seventh inning. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

Vince Scully gives the fans thumbs up and thanks them once again by singing “Take Me Out To The Ball Park” in the seventh inning. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

“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?”

#6 Charlie Culberson makes his way to home plate after his game winning walk-off home run. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

#6 Charlie Culberson makes his way to home plate after his game winning walk-off home run. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

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.

 Yasiel Puig greets Justin Turner at home plate in the seventh inning with a high five to keep the game alive. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)


Yasiel Puig greets Justin Turner at home plate in the seventh inning with a high five to keep the game alive. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

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.

The crowd erupts in cheers as Corey Seager rounds third base to tie the game in the ninth inning, keeping hope alive for a fourth consecutive Western Division Title. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

The crowd erupts in cheers as Corey Seager rounds third base to tie the game in the ninth inning, keeping hope alive for a fourth consecutive Western Division Title. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

“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.”

The Dodgers salute and tip their hats to Vin Scully, as a special thank you for his 67 years as the Dodgers’ announcer. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

The Dodgers salute and tip their hats to Vin Scully, as a special thank you for his 67 years as the Dodgers’ announcer. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

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.

Manager Dave Roberts celebrates with champagne as he points to the fans as he celebrates his first Western Division Title. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

Manager Dave Roberts celebrates with champagne as he points to the fans as he celebrates his first Western Division Title. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

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.”

Dodgers Lead Division with Fifth Straight Win

September 8, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Los Angeles Dodgers stayed hot as did Yasiel Puig since his return to the Dodgers, with a pair of RBIs and his 9th homerun to key a 3-1 win over the D-backs Wednesday at Dodger Stadium. The win gave L.A. a sweep over Arizona, five straight wins and a season-high five-game lead over the Giants in the National League West.

Howie Kendrick dives to beat out the tag on Wednesday night to tie the game at 1 before taking the lead for good. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

Howie Kendrick dives to beat out the tag on Wednesday night to tie the game at 1 before taking the lead for good. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

(Photo by Fred Zermeno)

(Photo by Fred Zermeno)

Dodger’s New Pitcher Off to Sensational Start

April 28, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Rookie sensation from Japan, Kenta Maeda with a (3-0) start, lowered his league-leading ERA to 0.36. Even though he has six seasons as a pro in Japan, he is a rookie in America.

At Mile High Stadium last weekend, Dodgers’ Manager Dave Roberts praised Maeda’s “athleticism, calmness.”

Maeda tied a Major League Baseball record during the Dodgers 4-1 win over Colorado on Saturday.

He also pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings Saturday and has allowed just one run through his first four career starts, tying for the fewest in the majors during that time frame since 1900. The 28-year-old Japanese pitcher also struck out eight batters against the Rockies, bringing his season total to 23 in 25 1/3 innings.

“This is the best fastball command since I’ve seen him, Roberts said, commenting on Maeda’s first appearance at Coors Field. “…He doesn’t scare off.”
The Dodgers are at home this weekend against the San Diego Padres. A fireworks display will take place after the game on Friday.

L.A. Council Votes to Rename Street After Vin Scully

January 29, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

A street leading into Dodger Stadium will be named after the team’s longtime play-by-play announcer Vin Scully, who plans to retire after 67 seasons with the Dodgers.

The council voted 12-0 to begin the process for renaming Elysian Park Avenue between Sunset Boulevard and Stadium Way as “Vin Scully Avenue.”

“Now we’re going to say, ‘Hey, go up Sunset and make a right on Scully Avenue’ – that’s going to be the new directions to get to Dodger Stadium,” said Councilman Gil Cedillo, who proposed the street name change.

Cedillo called Scully “the voice and symbol of baseball, not just for the Dodgers but the entire nation.”

“I remember growing up in the city, and I couldn’t always afford to go to the games,” Cedillo said. “We had a little radio, as all young boys and girls did in that time period. While you may not have been able to afford the games, you could turn on the radio, and with that you can see the Dodgers, each and every pitch, each and every play…just amazing storytelling that was
unparalleled.”

Councilman Paul Krekorian said the recognition “is a few decades overdue.”

“I’m so glad Mr. Scully has finally consented to our doing this,” he said. “He’s a man of great humility who has resisted this kind of recognition, but it’s so important that we do so.”

Dodger manager Dave Roberts told the council that “on behalf of the players, the organization, we’re deeply honored, as Vin has called many great monumental moments” in Dodger history.

Former Dodger stars Orel Hershiser, Maury Wills and others were on hand for the vote, as were several active players.

The visit by the Dodger contingent to City Hall is part of their week of service tour in the Los Angeles area, dubbed by the team as the “Dodgers Love L.A. Tour.”

The 88-year-old Bronx-born Scully has announced Dodger games since 1950, when the team played in Brooklyn. He said in August that the 2016 season likely will be his last.

Scully has been an announcer longer than anyone else in sports history.

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.

When Mayor Eric Garcetti made a similar street-naming proposal in 2013 in response to a viewer question on a public affairs television program, Scully said he would prefer for a street near Dodger Stadium to be renamed after Walter O’Malley, who brought the team to Los Angeles from Brooklyn, or his son Peter, instead of himself.

The mayor of Los Angeles has a great deal more important things to do than name a street after me,” Scully said at the time. “And if he is considering that idea, better the street should be named after Walter or Peter O’Malley than myself.”

Peter O’Malley succeeded his father as the team’s chairman of the board upon the elder O’Malley’s death in 1979. The O’Malley family continued to own the Dodgers until their sale to the Fox Group in 1997.

In 2013, when Scully announced he would be returning for the 2014 season, Garcetti said that “Vin Scully is more than the voice of the Dodgers.” He went on: “L.A. Little Leaguers hear his voice when swinging for the fences and as adults, we hear his voice during those big moments in our lives. Vin Scully transcends L.A.’s ever-changing ‘A List.’ In his seventh decade here, he is an
icon to grandparents, parents and our kids and earns new fans with each new child who tunes in to their first Dodgers game.”

Game One of NLD Series Friday

October 8, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s the Dodgers versus the Mets in the National League Division Series, and the Los Angeles and New York police chiefs are betting some serious meat on the matchup.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck and his predecessor, New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, announced a wager Wednesday, with the winner getting a free deli meal, most likely pastrami.

Clayton Kershaw strikes out Melvin Upton Jr., for his 300th strikeout in 2015. Kershaw will be the starting pitcher Friday for game one of the National League Divisional Series. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

Clayton Kershaw strikes out Melvin Upton Jr., for his 300th strikeout in 2015. Kershaw will be the starting pitcher Friday for game one of the National League Divisional Series. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

If the Dodgers win, Bratton will treat Beck to lunch at New York’s famed Katz’s Deli. If the Mets win, Beck will be picking up the tab for lunch at Langer’s Deli in Los Angeles.

Clayton Kershaw will be the starting pitcher Friday for game one of the NLD series at Chavez Ravine.

On Sunday, he added another accomplishment to his already impressive resume, recording his 300th strikeout of the season in the third inning of the Dodgers’ 6-3 win over the Padres. He’s the only major league player to reach the strikeout milestone since 2002.

Dodgers 2016 Schedule Released

September 10, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The Los Angeles Dodgers will play their 2016 home opener April 12 against the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to the preliminary schedule announced Tuesday by Major League Baseball.

The Dodgers will open the season April 4 at San Diego. The 81-game home schedule includes 10 interleague games, May 16-17 against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim; July 4-6 against the Baltimore Orioles, the Dodgers’ opponent in the 1966 World Series; July 26-27 against the Tampa Bay Rays; and Aug. 5-7 against the Boston Red Sox.

The Dodgers will play home games on Jackie Robinson Day (April 15 against the San Francisco Giants), Father’s Day (June 19 against Milwaukee), Independence Day (July 4 against Baltimore) and Labor Day (Sept. 5 against Arizona).

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