For the 12 1/2 years we lived in Los Angeles, we came to love our Mosaic family, our Alhambra neighbors, Trader Joe’s, In-N-Out, and so much more. One of our family’s favorite pastimes in our time there was going to see the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Every year I bought “season tickets.” We sat in the same 4 seats in the Top Deck anywhere between 10 to 15 games per year plus the occasional free tickets from friends whose companies had even better seats. Every game we brought peanuts and bought hot dogs and for me a Diet Coke and enjoyed cheering on the Dodgers and catching the fireworks or getting a bobblehead when we could. We were there for Eric Gagne, Matt Kemp, Manny Ramirez, and Clayton Kershaw.
One of the best parts of being a Dodgers fan was the greatest broadcast of all time – Vin Scully.
It is hard to overstate how amazing Vin Scully was as a storyteller and announcer.
There were some seasons that I listened to almost every game just to hear Vin Scully. While sending emails or working on the yard or playing with the kids, Vin Scully’s soothing voice was always on in the background.
And to think he has been the voice of the Dodgers for 67 years! He began calling Dodgers games when they were still playing in Brooklyn!
Has anyone worked anywhere that long and maintained such a level of excellence?! Will anyone ever pull that off ever again?
Vin Scully’s faith was evident in how he treated people, what he said as an announcer, and in the way overcame the tragic deaths of his first wife and oldest son.
Consider the following proof of Vin Scully’s greatness:
Vin Scully on the importance of silence
Vin Scully’s last call is an extra inning division winning home run!
14 Things You Didn’t Know About Vin Scully
10 Best Calls by Vin Scully (Check out his thoughts on dirt in #10)
Vin Scully on the origins of the name “Beantown” for Boston
Vin Scully displayed is humility when he thanked the fans last night with the following:
“I have always felt you folks in the stands have been far, far more 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’ve needed me.”
We will miss you, Vin Scully! There will never be another like you!