Arrive early Friday for Vin Scully Appreciation Day
By Cary Osborne
If there’s ever a day to arrive early at Dodger Stadium, Friday is it.
Sixty-seven years in the making, Vin Scully Appreciation Day will have unique tributes and a special giveaway for fans. Auto gates will open at 4:10 p.m. and stadium gates at 4:40 p.m. for that night’s game against Colorado. The first 50,000 fans in attendance will receive a special letter of dedication to fans from Vin himself.
Fans are encouraged to get to their seats before 6:30 p.m. for the start of the pregame ceremonies.
The ceremonies will start with a pregame video tribute narrated by Bob Costas. Dodger broadcaster Charley Steiner will then take over and emcee the on-field festivities with a superstar group of guests scheduled to make remarks, including Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti, two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Costner, Hall of Famer Jaime Jarrín, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, Dodger Chairman Mark Walter and Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax.
Scully will be joined on field by his wife, Sandra. A special arrangement of the national anthem will be performed by members of the renowned Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by a great friend of Scully and five-time Academy Award winner, John Williams.
After the game, Friday Night Fireworks will be set to the greatest calls of Scully’s career.
On Saturday, the first 50,000 fans in attendance will receive a limited-edition bronze Scully coin and Sunday the first 50,000 fans in attendance will receive a special Scully commemorative edition of Dodger Insider magazine.
“No tribute we could conjure could do justice to the gifts Vin has presented the Dodgers during the course of his unmatched career,” executive vice president and chief marketing officer Lon Rosen said. “However, we believe we have created a weekend that will wholeheartedly honor Vin and enable fans to demonstrate their appreciation for a man who has meant so much to baseball and to all of us. Vin’s putting poetry to baseball has connected him to our fans for nearly seven decades, his legacy will carry on for decades longer and will make him part of Dodger baseball forever.”
Scully’s tribute Friday will be broadcast live on AM 570 KLAC and televised live on KTLA, SportsNetLA and on SportsNetLA’s Spanish-language telecast. KTLA will also carry SportsNet LA’s game broadcasts Friday through Sunday.