Three days after news of Vin Scully’s death was reported, Dodger Stadium finally got a chance to say goodbye to the baseball broadcast titan who has spent so many decades in his broadcast booth.
Ahead of Friday’s showdown with the San Diego Padres, the Dodgers held a ceremony honoring Scully’s life and career, beginning with a moment of silence before a video obituary was broadcast looking back on some of the greatest moments of the game. broadcaster.
After an edit of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” sung by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, the current residents of the Dodger Stadium broadcast booth, Joe Davis and Orel Hershiser, unveiled a banner reading “Vin- We’ll miss you! “
The ceremony ended the only way it could, with Dodgers manager Dave Roberts leading the stadium in a crowd. “It’s time for Dodger baseball.”
There have been many, many tributes to Scully in teams, cities and even sports, but the most impactful would always come with Chavez Ravine.
Scully’s career predated Dodger Stadium, when he came to Los Angeles with partner Jerry Doggett with the team en route to Brooklyn. He would eventually go on to name games solo and become a Los Angeles institution while also mentioning other sports.
After 67 years of broadcasting, Scully retired in 2016. He capped his career in a memorable way when utility infielder Charlie Culberson hit a walk-off home run to take an NL West title just hours after the entire Dodgers lineup took their helmets to the broadcaster’s booth.
By the time he died, both the Dodger Stadium press box and the road leading from Sunset Boulevard to the stadium bore Scully’s name. One can only wonder if a statue is next.