Hey all, 'Drei here again with another ballpark thought. Today, we talk about longtime Dodger announcer Vin Scully. I'm sure many of you out there have heard Vinnie at some point. You know, the guy that tells many a story and still has the time to fit a baseball broadcast in there. You know, the guy that many Dodger fans have heard hawking those Fahmah John Dahjah Dogs..... I have no doubt in my mind many of you have a favorite Vin Scully story to tell. ( Please, do tell....) Well, today, I bring up Scully doing a game in the bottom of the 9th inning with the Dodgers trailing by a run or two. Ethier up representing the tying run and one out , and he hits a lazy fly ball to the center fielder. After the fly, Scully, as only he can, points out that when the home team is batting that late in the ballgame needing a rally, " The hometown fans are not watching the flight of the ball with their eyes, but rather, they are watching it with their HEARTS. As the ball is in flight, the fans will yell with all their might, hoping that somehow, they can either will the ball out of the yard, or the outfielder ( A MLB outfielder mind you ) will drop the ball. " And with that Vinnie, as much as I love ya and have listened to you since I discovered baseball, as only Vin could, he just , to describe it tongue and cheek, took the air out of the balloon. As if I needed a reminder why we the fans have a tendency to " view the game with our hearts, not with our eyes....", thus, thats what makes us , well, fans. What next Vin, are you going to tell us that Santa Clause doesn't exist ? Ah, classic Vin.

Enjoy the rest of your Memorial Day Weekend, and at some point today, take a moment to think of those serving our great country and the sacrifices they make for us.

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Comment by Craig (17) on May 28, 2009 at 5:51pm
Chuck- Does XM still broadcast MLB games? I have Sirius and with the merger I thought I would get baseball. No such luck yet...
Comment by Ken Lee (30/43) on May 27, 2009 at 4:31pm
Forgot about him in "For Love Of The Game" and how dare I do that! Yikes! His line, "The Cathederal known as Yankee Stadium belongs to a Chapel" was just awesome! Delivered as only Vin Scully could!
Comment by Chuck Booth (35) ALL 30/23 DAYS! on May 27, 2009 at 3:10pm
Vin Scully is part of a dying breed of broadcasters. Who do you think out of today commentators, that could captivate and audience with just his voice, and no other color man? He was even awesome commentating on the movie "For Love of the Game" alongside Stevel Lyons. I love having XM satellite radio just tO here Vinny and the other 'top' broadcasters do their work. In some ways, listening to them is even better than being at the park in person, but Vinnie is a cut above the rest. I hope he lives to a 100 hundred and keeps working
Comment by Ken Lee (30/43) on May 25, 2009 at 11:45am
I love Vin, he is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, announcers of our generation (and those of the past). I love watching Dodger games just to hear him paint the pictures. Not a Dodger fan by any means, but I often flip their games on just to hear the master at work. Of course, he like the rest of us, are getting old. It pains me at times to see how far down hill Dave Niehaus has gone while doing Mariner games... but I love him still the same because he is who he is and the great memories he has supplied the voice to... "And the Mariners will play for the American League Championship... I don't believe it!!" "Randy Johnson points to the sky... which is covered by the Kingdome roof!" and of course "Get out the rye bread and the mustard grandma, it's grand salami time!!" I know, I know, you were talking about Vin Scully, but my point is that these great announcers lose a few steps over time and the really great ones that have been around for many, many years are losing steps daily. I can't imagine a Dodger game without Scully there, nor can I imagine a baseball season without hearing Niehaus' voice, cause to me, when he welcomes us to spring training, THAT'S when the baseball season starts. They will be missed, so be sure to enjoy them, and cut them a little slack, while you can, cause when they are gone... they're gone.

P.S... the Santa Clause isn't real, it was a movie... made by, fittingly, Hollywood ;)

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