The MLB announcer extraordinaire, Vin Scully, announced his retirement in the middle of last year’s season, and it was only fitting to have a designated Vin Scully Appreciation Weekend during his last games at Dodger Stadium. I was lucky enough to go to Dodger Stadium on Friday, Sept. 23 to watch the Vin Scully Night ceremony and game.
As we walked into the stadium, we were given the letter from Vin Scully, and we went to our seats. It was a few minutes before the ceremony began, and the speakers were announced. The podium was set up in the middle of the field, and there was a blue carpet leading to it. Among the speakers were Sandy Koufax, Clayton Kershaw, Kevin Costner, and a few others. The second Vin and his wife came into view, the crowd went absolutely crazy, and we were clapping for about two minutes for the legend.
The speakers all gave their speeches, many tears were shed, and Vin came to the podium. After waiting, once again, for the applause to die down, he gave his long speech, looking back on his life with baseball, he even cracked a few jokes, the most memorable being, “At 88 years old, when people ask me what I plan on doing after retirement, I tell them, ‘I’m going to try to live!’” which got a roar of laughter from the audience.
Scully then announced that the LA Philharmonic was to perform a rendition of The Star Spangled Banner with a selection of their members. After the performance, Vin was brought to the podium, as he wanted to say one last thing. As expected, it was the classic and most famous catchphrase, “It’s time for Dodger baseball.” As for the game, it was fantastic, the Dodgers scored two back-to-back home runs, winning the game 5-2.
The entirety of the MLB will miss Vin, and many hope that he has a wonderful rest of his life.