Vin Scully and the flower children
By Jon Weisman
In his third-to-last game behind the mic, Vin Scully almost avoided mentioning his impending departure entirely, except for a thank you to the night’s umpires for their pregame salute.
But the night didn’t leave us bereft of Vin providing his own color, thanks to a couple of spectators crashing the field in the fourth inning.
As is typical, the telecast steered clear of them, but Vin couldn’t avoid talking about them — and listeners were rewarded by a little flashback to a decade gone by …
A couple of kids trying to steal the moment, slow down the game, running on the field and just taking a big moment on the big stage. They’ve gotten one of them in right field — and the other is nailed down by Pagan in left field. Oh ho, and the crowd loved that. He went up to do something with Angel Pagan, who immediately grabbed him and slammed him to the ground, and they’re taking him off the field. And the crowd really applauding a little law enforcement.
And of course, you never know, it might be what you think is some well-meaning gentleman running out on the field, and then he’s running at you, and Pagan was not going to guess. And Angel got an ovation for taking care of whoever dared to come into his territory.
Offering a flower. Doesn’t that bring you back to the ’60s and the flower children? Oh what, you don’t remember the ’60s? OK.