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Step inside the booth for Vin’s final broadcast

Backstage Dodgers went behind the scenes of Vin Scully’s final broadcast on October 2 in San Francisco. First available on SportsNet LA, here it is now for all to enjoy.

— Cary Osborne

Vin Scully’s farewell words


By Jon Weisman

I don’t doubt for a moment Vin Scully’s sincerity when he says that he has needed us far more than we have needed him, but I don’t think that he’s correct. I just don’t think, no matter how hard we try, we can traverse his humility to convey the enormous scope of how much we has affected us.

After 67 years, here are Vin’s final words as a professional broadcaster.

You know friends, so many people have wished me congratulations on a 67-year career in baseball, and they’ve wished me a wonderful retirement with my family. And now, all I can do is tell you what I wish for you.

vin-sideMay God give you for every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.

You and I have been friends for a long time, but I know in my heart that I’ve always needed you more than you’ve needed me, and I’ll miss our time together more I can say.

But you know what — there will be a new day, and eventually a new year. And when the upcoming winter gives way to spring, rest assured it will be time for Dodger baseball.

So this is Vin Scully, wishing you a very pleasant good afternoon, wherever you may be.

The final broadcast


By Jon Weisman

Over the past several weeks, I have written stories, edited stories, read stories, looked at photos old and new, watched video, heard calls from the 1950s to the present, all trying to capture Vin Scully before he bids us, his audience, farewell.

The comfort is that there will be no shortage of ways to remember Vin, to relive and revive our keepsakes of him. You’d often come away from a Vin Scully broadcast with a wonderful story or some remarkably clever one-liner — much of which has been preserved, especially in recent history.

It’s the sensory experience of Vin in the present that will be gone forever. Sharing the moment in time with him.

His lack of attention to his own departure has reinforced that. His focus on what’s in front of him, rather than what’s moving past and behind him. Vin himself lives so in the moment, that riding on his airwaves becomes something of a spiritual journey. I’m cringing a bit as I write those words, fearing they sound far too over the top, but I don’t know that there’s a better description of his effect.

Vin has touched me in a way no one else has.

In the remaining few hours we have with Vin, do nothing more than just enjoy this connection we have had. Because this moment will pass, even if the memories will always remain, and the spirit will never die.

Quick game couldn’t slow Scully storytelling, with one day to go


By Jon Weisman

Hardly standing on the ceremony of Vin Scully’s penultimate broadcast, the Dodgers and Giants raced through their game today in 2:15, the Dodgers’ fifth-shortest game this year.

But that didn’t stop Vin from weaving several stories into his call. One began with him commenting on the beauty of the setting at AT&T Park.


Vin Scully and the flower children


Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

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 …

Joe Davis offers touching thanks and farewell to Vin Scully

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERSAfter Thursday’s game, Dodger play-by-play announcer Joe Davis bid farewell to Dodger fans for 2016, in words that were equal parts gratitude for his first season and a tribute to Vin Scully that hit just the right note.

Vin, of course, will handle TV chores for the final weekend of his 67-season career, with the broadcasts from San Francisco tonight through Sunday simulcast on SportsNet LA, KTLA and AM 570 LA Sports. All playoff games thereafter will be national telecasts, with the National League Division Series beginning on either Fox Sports 1 or MLB Network.

— Jon Weisman

AM 570 to simulcast Vin Scully’s entire final broadcast

Jill Weisleder/Dodgers

Jill Weisleder/Dodgers

By Jon Weisman

Vin Scully’s entire final broadcast Sunday in San Francisco will be simulcast on SportsNet LA, KTLA and AM 570 LA Sports, meaning that radio listeners will hear Scully from start to finish.


Vin Scully’s Dodger Stadium farewell is a lovefest


By Jon Weisman

High above the champagne party in the Dodger clubhouse, the booth sits empty now. And yet it feels so full.

Vin Scully clocked in at Dodger Stadium for the final time today, a day that encapsulated so much of what made him baseball’s premier voice.


‘Welcome to my Thanksgiving’: In moving ceremony, Los Angeles begins its final farewell to Vin Scully

By Jon Weisman

We might need time. We might need 67 years to get over this one.

Emotionally charged from the opening video salute to the final blue-carpet walk lined by Dodger players and coaches, tribute was paid to Vin Scully tonight, in an hour-long ceremony infused with heartstopping thoughts from guest speakers and heartwarming words from the man himself.

It was a valediction for Vinny, and a validation of our love.

In an evening that would conclude with John Williams conducting members of the Los Angeles Philarmonic in the National Anthem, so many moments played like perfect notes in a symphony.

“Vin is that favorite sweater of yours that you can’t wait to put on on a chilly day,” said Dick Enberg in the video.


Joe Torre and Commissioner Rob Manfred on Vin


By Cary Osborne

On November 5, 2007, Joe Torre put on a Dodger jersey for the first time. He stood on a stage on the outfield grass at Dodger Stadium and cinched the uniform top up button by button while a voice introduced him as the eighth manager in Los Angeles Dodgers history.

“That was pretty cool,” Torre said on Friday reflecting on Scully emceeing his introductory press conference.

Torre, the Dodger manager from 2008-2010 and now MLB’s Chief Baseball Officer, returned to Dodger Stadium on Friday along with Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred to pay tribute on Vin Scully Appreciation Day.

“It’s the end of an era, and I’m happy to say it was a long era for Vin because it just never got stale,” Torre said. “I just respect the man so much. And I was grateful for the three years I had here where I could hang with him a little bit.”