Scully calls fi­nal Dodgers game

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Janie Mccauley

Vin Scully’s iconic voice on the videoboard wel­comed a sell­out crowd to Game No. 162, the reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale, yes, and more no­tably the last of his dec­o­rated, Hall of Fame broad­cast­ing ca­reer.

Vin Scully’s iconic voice on the videoboard wel­comed a sell­out crowd to Game No. 162, the reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale, yes, and more no­tably the last of his dec­o­rated, Hall of Fame broad­cast­ing ca­reer.

“It’s time for Gi­ant-Dodger base­ball, the great­est ri­valry in all of pro­fes­sional sports,” Scully de­clared.

Scully at­tended morn­ing Mass in the ball­park as is his usual Sun­day rou­tine and then headed for his booth to work as he has done for an as­tound­ing 67 years — ex­actly 80 years af­ter he be­came a Giants fan at age 8 in the Bronx.

“This is his last game, and we’re hon­ored to think he’d come up here, 80 years to the day that he be­came a Giants fan,” San Fran­cisco man­ager Bruce Bochy said. “That’s pretty amaz­ing, isn’t it? Not just a tremen­dous body of work but how long he’s been do­ing it and how great he still is. So it’s pretty cool.”

Fans in the sell­out crowd turned to look up at Scully with their stand­ing ova­tion and held signs as a Scully video wel­comed fans on the score­board shortly be­fore first pitch at AT&T Park, where he has been rid­ing in and out of the ball­park on Hall of Famer Willie Mays’ golf cart and had some time to rem­i­nisce with the Say Hey Kid on Satur­day.

The 88-year-old Scully po­litely de­clined any kind of on-field cel­e­bra­tion of­fered by the Giants. San Fran­cisco then jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first.

“Just as it has been for two years, the Dodgers are in trou­ble at AT&T Park,” Scully said. “The sun has bro­ken through the clouds and it is shin­ing on the Giants for the mo­ment.”

Scully’s booth fea­tured a spe­cial se­cu­rity de­tail all week­end, and Scully had sev­eral per­sonal drivers to get around the city. He han­dled the Giants’ broad­cast in the third in­ning, then said while San Fran­cisco fans might con­sider it no big deal, it was for him, not­ing his ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the thought­ful ges­ture.

The Oak­land Raiders took out a full-page ad in the San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle hon­or­ing Scully with the NFL team’s long­time catch­phrase, “Com­mit­ment to Ex­cel­lence.”

“VIN MISS U AL­READY” one sign blared. The me­dia cafe­te­ria fea­tured cup­cakes with an edi­ble mes­sage of “Thank You Vin” with a tiny mi­cro­phone.

Scully of­fered some mem­o­rable phrases early in his fi­nale:

Dur­ing Hunter Pence’s first-in­ning at-bat, Scully noted, “He would make cof­fee ner­vous . ... He’s just been a wild man swing­ing the bat this se­ries.”

“A room-ser­vice fly ball to An­gel Pa­gan,” he called Adrian Gon­za­lez’s fly to left in the sec­ond. Later, Scully de­scribed Pa­gan’s “pierc­ing eyes.”

TONY AVE­LAR — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Los An­ge­les Dodgers an­nouncer Vin Scully with his wife Sandi, waves to a fan be­fore a base­ball game be­tween the San Fran­cisco Giants and the Dodgers in San Fran­cisco, Sun­day.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.