WIld Stat of the Week: 64 (Years Vin Scully has been working the booth for the Dodgers)
There's any number of statistics to impress you with showing how long Vin Scully has been with the Dodgers. For example, over his time with the Dodgers, Vin has seen 11 Dodger managers, 12 U.S presidencies, 14 expansion teams, 22 Yankee platy-by-play announcers, and 33 Olympic games. Those numbers are certainly impressive, but what's really amazing about Vin's storied career has been his consistency and hard work through all 64 years. No other announcer is able to handle a game solo on their own like Vin still does at 86. Anyone who has ever listened to a Dodger game knows this is because of the incredible amount of trivia and anecdotes Vin has on hand to dispense, and always at the right time. It can be the second baseman's story about getting a scar as a kid, a history of the rookie center fielder's hometown in the pioneer days, or how the veteran catcher's great uncle scouted Jackie Robinson, but Vin always finds a way to turn the dog days of summer into can't miss TV.
The funny thing is that even though Vin started doing radio broadcasts and had to learn how to do a TV broadcast, he understands the medium better than pretty much anyone else out there. When we can see the action on the field, we don't need a separate play-by-play announcer just to tell us what we already know. Vin lets us watch the game ourselves, and simply peppers in all the extra things that make your average game a work of art.
Every Dodger fan and every serious baseball fan has a Vin story. Their favorite call or story Vin placed so naturally in the flow of the game. I wasn't in front of the TV to hear my Vin story, but I think my story stacks up to anyone's. During the Dodger's run to the NLCS last year I got the chance to see my first playoff game in person when the boys in blue play the Braves in Game 4 of the NLDS. I sat in the outfield bleachers, and right below me was another fan with an old school radio where he eventually found the station Vin was on. Even though we were at the game, our entire section was listening intently to get our fix of Vin's sweet broadcasting. Unfortunately we couldn't listen to Vin the entire game as he steps out of the radio broadcast after the third inning. Down 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth, Juan Uribe twice failed to bunt and advance Yasiel Puig who was on first base. But at 2-2 Uribe launched a game-winning home run and Dodger Stadium erupted like nothing I've ever seen before. After the Dodgers punched their ticket to the NLCS, my dad and I were talking in the car on the way out. We were trying to remember if it was possible that Juan Uribe really failed to bunt in the same at bat as his game-winner. At that exact moment they replayed Vin Scully's classic call as Uribe ran the bases: "Isn't it amazing what someone will do when they can't bunt?" No one could have put it any better.
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