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(Major League Baseball)   Celebrate Vin Scully's return for 2015 by listening to 10 of his greatest calls. Yes, here's to another year of "It's time for Dodgers baseball,"   (wapc.mlb.com) divider line 40
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2014-07-31 03:16:08 PM  
Nope. Not listening. I'm positive Gibson's homer is in there.
 
2014-07-31 03:57:15 PM  
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2014-07-31 04:27:12 PM  
"Caught by Clark!"
 
2014-07-31 04:32:45 PM  
I've heard that Vin get his choice of ceremonial first pitch tail.

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2014-07-31 05:00:29 PM  
Vin Scully is the Mr. Rogers of baseball.  Dodger fans are lucky to have had him all these years.  Enjoy those broadcasts while you still can.
 
2014-07-31 05:14:19 PM  

lifeboat: Vin Scully is the Mr. Rogers of baseball.  Dodger fans are lucky to have had him all these years.  Enjoy those broadcasts while you still can.


Yea, but unlike Mr. Rogers, Vin Scully couldn't pick off a zipperhead at a quarter mile with a .50 caliber.
 
2014-07-31 05:15:40 PM  
I watched a game the other night and was mesmerized by his delivery. He spent two full innings telling the same story, and it didn't interfere with his actual call of the game *at all*.
 
2014-07-31 05:18:49 PM  

Five Tails of Fury: I watched a game the other night and was mesmerized by his delivery. He spent two full innings telling the same story, and it didn't interfere with his actual call of the game *at all*.


That's what I do like about baseball is the speed/pace. You can sit back and have a conversation while watching it. NBA, hockey and others require too much attention.
 
2014-07-31 05:22:16 PM  

Five Tails of Fury: I watched a game the other night and was mesmerized by his delivery. He spent two full innings telling the same story, and it didn't interfere with his actual call of the game *at all*.


Was it the Braves nicknames on the uniforms story?  If so, that WAS awesome.....

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2014-07-31 05:39:13 PM  
I was watching the Braves/Dodgers game the other night thinking to myself "Ya know...It really is a treat to get to listen to Vin call a game." Then they announced that he'd be back next season, and the crowd went nuts. That was a nice moment. Then the Braves shiat the bed, and reality sank back in.

I like Vin. Always have, but I only catch him a few times a year, when the Braves visit LA. I've noticed that you get basically the same stories in games two and three of a series, as game one. That doesn't bother me, since I only see a few games per year called by Vin, and he doesn't let his tales interfere with calling the game, but does that annoy the Dodger's faithful?
 
2014-07-31 05:44:53 PM  
Yes, here's to another year of "It's time for Dodgers baseball,"

...brought to you by the great taste of Farmer John hot dogs...
 
2014-07-31 05:52:38 PM  
"There's a little roller up along first... behind the bag! It gets through Buckner!"

/I died a little that night.
//OK, a lot.
 
2014-07-31 06:32:19 PM  
Wish he would come back to golf.
 
2014-07-31 06:56:07 PM  
Sin_City_Superhero: I've noticed that you get basically the same stories in games two and three of a series, as game one. That doesn't bother me, since I only see a few games per year called by Vin, and he doesn't let his tales interfere with calling the game, but does that annoy the Dodger's faithful?

I've been listening to the guy for over 50 years, and I have admit that sometimes I have been a little weary of hearing that Uggla means owl in Swedish, or that Joe DiMaggio never struck out more than 30 times a season.  But, the real joy of listening to Scully is not so much the anecdotes (though they are often priceless), but his whole completely professional approach to calling a game.  There will be no hyberbole, no rampant homerism, and no bias whatever in what you hear.  He knows every facet of the game, has all his facts prepared, and always seems to be fascinated by what's taking place on the field.  He loves baseball, and he has the ability to make the listener feel that love, and share it, if only for a few hours.  The only baseball announcers in his class are Jon Miller and (for different reasons) Bob Uecker, and when they go, the will take the art of communication from the broadcast booth with them, and baseball will be in the hands of the Bucks and their ilk.  It will be a sad day.
 
2014-07-31 07:26:12 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: I was watching the Braves/Dodgers game the other night thinking to myself "Ya know...It really is a treat to get to listen to Vin call a game." Then they announced that he'd be back next season, and the crowd went nuts. That was a nice moment. Then the Braves shiat the bed, and reality sank back in.

I like Vin. Always have, but I only catch him a few times a year, when the Braves visit LA. I've noticed that you get basically the same stories in games two and three of a series, as game one. That doesn't bother me, since I only see a few games per year called by Vin, and he doesn't let his tales interfere with calling the game, but does that annoy the Dodger's faithful?


Sacriledge.

Its an honor to hear stories from him, repeated or not. The man has forgotten more about baseball than people would ever know.

Bye.
 
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2014-07-31 07:57:13 PM  

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2014-07-31 08:13:02 PM  

ragsthetiger: Uggla means owl in Swedish


I'm pretty sure "Uggla" is Swedish for "couldn't hit water if he fell out of a boat".
 
2014-07-31 08:41:15 PM  

mediablitz: Nope. Not listening. I'm positive Gibson's homer is in there.


THIS THIS THIS THIS

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2014-07-31 08:47:37 PM  
Vin Scully and Chick Hearn in the same city.

LA fans have been fortunate.
 
2014-07-31 08:58:02 PM  

ragsthetiger: I've been listening to the guy for over 50 years, and I have admit that sometimes I have been a little weary of hearing that Uggla means owl in Swedish, or that Joe DiMaggio never struck out more than 30 times a season. But, the real joy of listening to Scully is not so much the anecdotes (though they are often priceless), but his whole completely professional approach to calling a game. There will be no hyberbole, no rampant homerism, and no bias whatever in what you hear. He knows every facet of the game, has all his facts prepared, and always seems to be fascinated by what's taking place on the field. He loves baseball, and he has the ability to make the listener feel that love, and share it, if only for a few hours. The only baseball announcers in his class are Jon Miller and (for different reasons) Bob Uecker, and when they go, the will take the art of communication from the broadcast booth with them, and baseball will be in the hands of the Bucks and their ilk. It will be a sad day.


Ditto for Brewers fans with Uecker. He's the only voice to ever call games in my lifetime (save for a few times here and there), and this year he's not going on all the road trips. It's seeming to be a gradual transition probably over the next 1-2 years when he'll retire, I would imagine. It'll be a terribly sad day when Bob is gone. But a tremendously joyful one, to know that I heard so many wonderful stories, both baseball and not. He's a tremendous story teller, and half the time I can't tell if he's telling a true story, or making one up. He's absolutely fantastic at what he does.

/just wish he would tell the game situation a little more often...
//score, innings, etc
///super minor issue
 
2014-07-31 08:58:28 PM  
A personal favorite of mine that many don't know about:  Scully and Johnny Bench did the national radio broadcast of the 1991 Twins-Braves World Series, regarded by many as the greatest World Series ever.  I have recordings of games 2, 6 and 7.

The tension of Game 7 (a 1-0 Twins victory in 10 innings) was very apparent in the broadcast.  The 8th inning saw both teams load the bases with one out, and both hit into double plays to end the half-inning.  Scully went to commercial with the following line:  "And after eight full innings of play, Atlanta nothing, Minnesota nothing...I think we'll be back in just a moment."  The audible sigh of relief in that last sentence made clear what kind of game it was: a combination of gut-wrenching tension mixed with the joy of knowing you were watching an extremely historic game.

I don't think he'll ever quit; he'll likely die in the booth like Harry Kalas (though hopefully not anytime soon).  We'll be sad, but we'll feel like it was appropriate.
 
2014-07-31 09:06:44 PM  

Free Radical: Vin Scully and Chick Hearn in the same city.

LA fans have been fortunate.



Thread over.


/When I was young, I heard his name to be "Vince Cully."
//CSB
 
2014-07-31 09:27:20 PM  
ragsthetiger: ...
.  The only baseball announcers in his class are Jon Miller....

My only complaint about Miller (other than being a Padres fan in Giants territory) is that he's a homer. Now I know that the Giants pay his check and thats fine, BUT what separates him from Scully is NOT a homer, he can get just as excited (and I believe genuinely so) if a non-Dodger does something amazing.  With Miller, he can get excited at everything but if the words "San Francisco" is on the uni, the dude has an orgasm on air.

Bottom line, Miller is good, but Scully is better beyond measure IMO
 
2014-07-31 09:45:14 PM  

Thanks for the Meme-ries: mediablitz: Nope. Not listening. I'm positive Gibson's homer is in there.

THIS THIS THIS THIS

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Yeah but most times I see this play they have Jack Buck's call of "I don't believe, what I just saw!"
 
2014-07-31 10:15:41 PM  

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Wow. Yeah, I'd strike out with her anytime!

... um ... wait ...
 
2014-07-31 10:18:34 PM  
I'm glad he's coming back for one more year. I wonder how much not being seen by hardly anyone in L.A. factored into his decision.

On that note, I'd just like to say, F*CK YOU IN THE ASS WITH A CHAINSAW, TIME WARNER CABLE AND SPORTS NET LA!!
 
2014-07-31 10:23:43 PM  

picodenico: ragsthetiger: I've been listening to the guy for over 50 years, and I have admit that sometimes I have been a little weary of hearing that Uggla means owl in Swedish, or that Joe DiMaggio never struck out more than 30 times a season. But, the real joy of listening to Scully is not so much the anecdotes (though they are often priceless), but his whole completely professional approach to calling a game. There will be no hyberbole, no rampant homerism, and no bias whatever in what you hear. He knows every facet of the game, has all his facts prepared, and always seems to be fascinated by what's taking place on the field. He loves baseball, and he has the ability to make the listener feel that love, and share it, if only for a few hours. The only baseball announcers in his class are Jon Miller and (for different reasons) Bob Uecker, and when they go, the will take the art of communication from the broadcast booth with them, and baseball will be in the hands of the Bucks and their ilk. It will be a sad day.

Ditto for Brewers fans with Uecker. He's the only voice to ever call games in my lifetime (save for a few times here and there), and this year he's not going on all the road trips. It's seeming to be a gradual transition probably over the next 1-2 years when he'll retire, I would imagine. It'll be a terribly sad day when Bob is gone. But a tremendously joyful one, to know that I heard so many wonderful stories, both baseball and not. He's a tremendous story teller, and half the time I can't tell if he's telling a true story, or making one up. He's absolutely fantastic at what he does.

/just wish he would tell the game situation a little more often...
//score, innings, etc
///super minor issue


If you have MLB.tv for your computer/Roku/whatever, you can change the audio settings so you can hear the home radio feed. - so for Brewer home games, you can watch the game, ogle Front Row Amy, and listen to Uecker at the same time...

beats watching Yankee games, and listening to Flaherty drone away....
 
2014-07-31 10:43:25 PM  

mediablitz: Nope. Not listening. I'm positive Gibson's homer is in there.


Damn skippy it was :D

The year after that, I was watching an A's game on TV (yes, I grew up in Northern California a Dodger fan; suck it long, and suck it hard), they were in Toronto, and Eckersley was on the hill facing Fred McGriff.

Sure enough, the count is worked full, and McGriff takes the following pitch into the third deck of the Skydome.

After some silence:

Monte Moore: "You know what that pitch was, Ray."

<long pause>

Ray Fosse: "...slider."

/then I moved to Seattle
//what is this "baseball" you speak of
 
2014-08-01 12:38:11 AM  

Free Radical: Vin Scully and Chick Hearn in the same city.

LA fans have been fortunate.


And Bob Miller for the Kings.  That is a heck of a run for the 3 franchises.

Just for fun, Enberg and Al Michaels for the Angels in the 60s/70s.  Joe Torre was a heck of a "color guy" for the Angels, too.
 
2014-08-01 12:53:24 AM  
The windup and the 2-2 pitch... oh no sir, wait a minute - the batter is calling for time. Looks like he's going and getting himself a new bat. And now there's a beachball on the field, and the ball boys are discussing which one of 'em's gonna go get it.
 
2014-08-01 01:42:43 AM  
"...is listed as day-to-day. (pause) Aren't we all?"

Best line I've ever heard Vin say.
 
2014-08-01 01:49:52 AM  

picodenico: ragsthetiger: I've been listening to the guy for over 50 years, and I have admit that sometimes I have been a little weary of hearing that Uggla means owl in Swedish, or that Joe DiMaggio never struck out more than 30 times a season. But, the real joy of listening to Scully is not so much the anecdotes (though they are often priceless), but his whole completely professional approach to calling a game. There will be no hyberbole, no rampant homerism, and no bias whatever in what you hear. He knows every facet of the game, has all his facts prepared, and always seems to be fascinated by what's taking place on the field. He loves baseball, and he has the ability to make the listener feel that love, and share it, if only for a few hours. The only baseball announcers in his class are Jon Miller and (for different reasons) Bob Uecker, and when they go, the will take the art of communication from the broadcast booth with them, and baseball will be in the hands of the Bucks and their ilk. It will be a sad day.

Ditto for Brewers fans with Uecker. He's the only voice to ever call games in my lifetime (save for a few times here and there), and this year he's not going on all the road trips. It's seeming to be a gradual transition probably over the next 1-2 years when he'll retire, I would imagine. It'll be a terribly sad day when Bob is gone. But a tremendously joyful one, to know that I heard so many wonderful stories, both baseball and not. He's a tremendous story teller, and half the time I can't tell if he's telling a true story, or making one up. He's absolutely fantastic at what he does.

/just wish he would tell the game situation a little more often...
//score, innings, etc
///super minor issue


Dodger fan here, and being from L.A. and I can truly appreciate your love of Bob Uecker. Vin Scully has been the voice of Dodger baseball for my entire life (and 16 years prior).

I've never heard Uecker call an actual baseball game, but he belongs in the Hall of Fame based on this moment and call alone:

justabitoutsidepodcast.com

"Juuuuust a bit outside."

Yeah, I know it was just a movie, and Harry Doyle isn't Bob Uecker. Sue me.

But, seriously, how many times since that movie came out (1989) have you seen a wild pitch and the color commentator will say it with Uecker's inflection? And everybody chuckles because they get it.

That one phrase, said in that one way, has entered the American lexicon and will live on as long as there's baseball. It's immortal. It's priceless.
 
2014-08-01 01:56:55 AM  
I have purposely tuned into Brewers games while we have been on the road (via XM) to just listen to Uecker.  He is so damned good at what he does.  When I used to pay for mlb.tv, I loved having the option of choosing the audio feed and putting Uecker on.  He is just a joy to listen to.

Yes, he isn't as good as Vin but that is like saying that Wiliams wasn't as good Ruth. He is still really damned good.  So was Harwell (I only really got to listen to him towards the end when he called playoff games for ESPN, but it was a joy).
 
2014-08-01 06:33:03 AM  

Free Radical: Vin Scully and Chick Hearn in the same city.

LA fans have been fortunate.


"He put him in the popcorn machine"!
 
2014-08-01 08:14:42 AM  
Vin Scully sounds like something from urban dictionary.
 
2014-08-01 10:12:05 AM  

Born to Die: "There's a little roller up along first... behind the bag! It gets through Buckner!"

/I died a little that night.
//OK, a lot.


Vin's perhaps most personal call was that of calling the then-Brooklyn Dodgers finally beating the Yanks for the title in 1955.  He admitted that he dead-panned calling the final out, announcing the Dodgers as World Champions and not saying another word...because he'd break down and cry on-air if he had.

He'd grown to know those guys over the years...so for him to call that final out, he knew what that meant to them finally slaying the Yankee juggernaut.
 
2014-08-01 10:24:01 AM  

Fred Smythe: Sure enough, the count is worked full, and McGriff takes the following pitch into the third deck of the Skydome.


Eck had a problem with lefties and his pitch breaking back out over the plate. I was really nervous when Gibson came out to pinch hit, injured or not.
 
2014-08-01 12:36:21 PM  

Born to Die: "There's a little roller up along first... behind the bag! It gets through Buckner!"

/I died a little that night.
//OK, a lot.


I knew it was over when they brought in Stanley. Schiraldi would have owned Mookie Wilson.

I still can picture Knight doing that little skip jump onto home, holding his helmet and neither Scully nor myself being able to conjure a single word.
 
2014-08-01 03:48:00 PM  

winterlunacy: "...is listed as day-to-day. (pause) Aren't we all?"

Best line I've ever heard Vin say.



Charley Steiner (doesn't he do Dodger telecasts ever since leaving ESPN?) used that on ESPN in the late 80s/early 90s.....not sure if he borrowed it from Vin or vice versa, but I'd have to say Steiner gets to call that one.  who knows.

love Vin.  When Arizona didn't have a MLB team, we got all the Dodger games, and my family has history with the Dodgers, so we were big fans.  Id say for probably 20 years, up until we got the Snakes, I listended to Vin.

On the Mt. Rushmore or all announcers, any sport, period.
 
2014-08-01 03:59:39 PM  
Danger Avoid Death:

If you've never heard this legendary call, you need to listen. One of my favorite announcing moments.

Uecker and his experience meeting the Furries at the national Furry Convention at their team hotel.
 
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