If you grew up in Southern California like I did then you were most likely an LA Dodgers fan.
And The Dodgers arguably had the most famous broadcaster in sports- the great Vin Scully.
He was the voice of the Dodgers and had the ability to call the games in a way that if you were kicking back at the beach with your little transistor AM radio you felt as if you were actually watching the game, not just listening.
Brings back memories, the smell of Coppertone, the sound of the waves and listening to the game…. The good old days.
Anyways, there’s another reason to be be a Vin Scully fan- he’s boycotting the NFL amid the ongoing controversy surrounding the NFL and players kneeling during the National Anthem and he is vowing to never watch football again.
From Fox News:
Famed Dodgers Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully spoke publicly on the issue of the anthem before games and made the decree that he’s officially done watching football. The 89-year-old sportscaster was giving a speech at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California on Saturday when, according to ESPN, he was asked about the protests.
“During the fall and winter, I watch the NFL on Sunday, and it’s not that I’m some great patriot. I was in the Navy for a year, didn’t go anywhere, didn’t do anything, but I have overwhelming respect and admiration for anyone who puts on a uniform and goes to war. So the only thing that I can do in my little way is to not to preach; I will never watch another NFL game.”
As Sports Illustrated notes, Scully’s remarks come at a relatively safe time for him, as he retired last year after almost seven decades as a broadcaster for the Dodgers. Over the past two seasons of the NFL, players have been kneeling during the National Anthem, despite the NFL guidelines encouraging players to stand and place their hands over their hearts.
The protests began last season when the San Francisco 49ers’ Quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, began kneeling during the anthem in an effort to protest, what he perceived to be, an disproportionate reaction by the police to African American offenders in the United States. Since then, the issue has ballooned in public interest after president Donald Trump spoke on the matter publicly.
Vincent Edward Scully (born November 29, 1927) is a retired American sportscaster. His 67 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers started in 1950 (when the franchise was located in Brooklyn) and ended in 2016. His run constitutes the longest tenure of any broadcaster with a single team in professional sports history, and he is second only to Tommy Lasorda (by two years) in terms of number of years associated with the Dodgers organization in any capacity. He retired at age 87 in 2016, ending his record-breaking run as their play-by-play announcer.
In his final season behind the microphone, Scully announced most Dodger home games (and selected road games) on SportsNet LA television and KLAC radio. He is known for his dulcet voice, lyrically descriptive style, and signature introduction to Dodger games: “It’s time for Dodger baseball! Hi, everybody, and a very pleasant good (afternoon/evening) to you, wherever you may be.”
He is considered by many to be the greatest baseball broadcaster of all time, according to fan rankings, Bleacher Report and Fox Sports.
Vin is the man!