Vin Scully, the legendary Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster who died Aug. 2 on the age of 94, was remembered in a tribute Friday at Dodger Stadium as a towering however humble determine whose work prolonged past the group to develop into a part of the material of baseball.
“He wasn’t only a Dodger — he liked the sport of baseball that all of us love and care about,” Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts mentioned throughout the memorial ceremony that preceded the Blue Crew’s night house recreation towards the San Diego Padres.
“Vin, you’ll be missed,” Roberts mentioned from the sphere, surrounded by group members. Some gamers them wore particular hats bedecked with a picture of an old style microphone with wings hooked up.
“We love you. We’ll take into consideration you day-after-day. Each recreation we come right here, each fan who exhibits as much as Dodger Stadium, there’s a purpose you’ll all the time be remembered. You’ll all the time be linked to those 5 phrases: It’s time for Dodger baseball,” Roberts mentioned.
Roberts instructed the stadium crowd of fifty,000 to face up and shout these 5 phrases loud sufficient in order that Scully would hear the beginning of the sport from his perch in “Blue heaven.” The followers obliged, lots of them with tears of their eyes.
Roberts additionally had Dodgers announcers Joe Davis and Orel Hershiser unveil a bigger banner hung beneath the image window of the published sales space that learn: “We’ll Miss You, Vin.” That was a nod to the same banner that Scully unveiled on his remaining evening within the sales space on Sept. 24, 2016. That signal learn, “I’ll Miss You, Vin.”
The salute included a video with highlights of Scully’s extraordinary life and 67 seasons with the group. It included a number of clips from Scully’s 2016 retirement ceremony, when he reassured followers that baseball would return within the spring, even when another person was on the mic.
The emotion of the second was evident the faces of gamers and followers, who raised Dodger caps to the uncommon public determine who was universally adored and revered.
“You and I’ve been mates for a very long time,” Scully mentioned in that authoritative however soothing tone that knowledgeable and entertained generations of baseball lovers.
“There shall be a brand new day and a brand new 12 months. When the upcoming winter offers method to spring — huh-ho — relaxation assured, it is going to be time for Dodger baseball.”
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— Erick (@MrErickVazquez) August 6, 2022