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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Dodgers’ Vin Scully steals show at scouts fundraiser

The 1,000-plus people who packed the banquet hall at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza stood and applauded when Bud Selig introduced Scully, who received a leadership award named after the baseball commissioner.

Scully tried to calm down the crowd.

“It’s only me,” he said.

The Hall of Fame broadcaster proceeded to tell a story about a Native American who wanted to test the manhood of his tribesmen by making them run up the side of the mountain. The room turned silent.

“Early on the appointed morning, four Braves left camp at sunrise,” Scully said. “Later that afternoon, one of the Braves came back with a twig of spruce. Later still, another came with a bough of pine. And it was late in the afternoon when a third Brave arrived with an alpine shrub. It wasn’t until late at night by a full moon that the fourth Brave arrived back in camp.

“ ‘How high did you climb? What did you bring?’ ” asked the chief.

“The Brave said, ‘Where I ran, there was no spruce, no pine, to shield me from the sun. There were no flowers to cheer my path. There were only sharp rocks and snow and barren land. My feet are torn, I come back late and I’m exhausted.’

“And then a wondrous look came in his eye and he said, ‘I saw the sea!’

“For 63 years, thanks to the sacrifices, my wife Sandy and my children, they gracefully allowed me to climb my mountain. And believe me when I tell you, receiving this award, in this particular dinner, I indeed have had a glimpse of the sea.

“Thank you.”

Thanks to L.A. Butch.

Repoz Posted: January 13, 2013 at 06:29 PM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Buzzards Bay Posted: January 13, 2013 at 07:25 PM (#4346415)
Poesy, Purpose, Meaning
(I never would have really appreciated Vin without following Manny west and subscribing to any media way to follow what happened in L.A.)
   2. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: January 13, 2013 at 08:20 PM (#4346435)
Part of the reason I get Extra Innings is to watch Dodgers home games, even though I'm not a Dodgers fan. I'm a Vin Scully fan. (But then, who isn't?)
   3. HowardMegdal Posted: January 13, 2013 at 08:53 PM (#4346465)
Part of the reason I get Extra Innings is to watch Dodgers home games, even though I'm not a Dodgers fan. I'm a Vin Scully fan. (But then, who isn't?)


Most of the reason for me.
   4. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: January 13, 2013 at 08:59 PM (#4346473)
Subscribing to EI, It's like claiming you read Playboy for the articles.
   5. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: January 13, 2013 at 09:44 PM (#4346485)
Vin Scully.

The End.
   6. eddieot Posted: January 14, 2013 at 10:24 AM (#4346640)
Living in the Eastern time zone, there is nothing like putting the Dodger game on Extra Innings and falling asleep to Scully. Worth every dime.
   7. Rough Carrigan Posted: January 14, 2013 at 10:53 AM (#4346660)
I know it would be difficult to even try but it's curious to me that there really aren't any other announcers who seem to try to copy the way Scully does a game. Maybe I haven't heard some announcer. But I can't remember watching a broadcast and saying to myself, "That guy's trying to copy Scully!" They all seem to do the same generic thing. With the exception of Harrelson, of whom the less said the better.
   8. OsunaSakata Posted: January 14, 2013 at 11:35 AM (#4346676)
I know it would be difficult to even try but it's curious to me that there really aren't any other announcers who seem to try to copy the way Scully does a game. Maybe I haven't heard some announcer. But I can't remember watching a broadcast and saying to myself, "That guy's trying to copy Scully!"


Jon Miller literally does impressions of Scully, but I don't think he imitates Scully in his usual work. I like when he does impressions of a Japanese or Spanish language broadcaster imitating Scully. It just his Scully impression using Japanese or Spanish words, but I find it funny.
   9. GregD Posted: January 14, 2013 at 11:49 AM (#4346684)
The Hall of Fame broadcaster proceeded to tell a story about a Native American who wanted to test the manhood of his tribesmen by making them run up the side of the mountain. The room turned silent.

Did anybody else prepare himself to wince at what might follow this sentence? I do not want Vin to go out looking bad and was hugely relieved at what followed.
   10. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: January 14, 2013 at 11:54 AM (#4346691)
   11. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: January 14, 2013 at 11:59 AM (#4346695)
I know it would be difficult to even try but it's curious to me that there really aren't any other announcers who seem to try to copy the way Scully does a game. Maybe I haven't heard some announcer. But I can't remember watching a broadcast and saying to myself, "That guy's trying to copy Scully!" They all seem to do the same generic thing.


I think it's much the same reason we don't see people doing things that Greg Maddux or Pedro Martinez did. If they tried, they'd just fail miserably. Scully's style, while wonderful, would be God awful boring in the hands of most announcers. Scully has a wealth of knowledge and a knack for storytelling that very few people are going to have. The former is in part due to his longevity but the latter is just a natural gift that I think is rare. The other thing about Scully is he has the timing of a baseball game down pat. For example Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy can be very funny on a Red Sox broadcast but sometimes they lapse into their schtick in the 8th inning of a tie game...not now guys. Scully just is able to seemlessly tie the broadcast and the game together.

I don't remember the specific story he told but during the 2008 exhibition game played at the LA Colosseum Scully began by saying "my favorite story about a chicken, actually isn't about a chicken at all." Anyone else would have sounded ridiculous but Scully told the story, it fit the moment and then he moved on.

Long story short, I think the problem isn't people trying to copy Scully, it's that Scully is just so much better at it than everyone else that it's impossible to copy.
   12. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: January 14, 2013 at 11:59 AM (#4346697)
Did anybody else prepare himself to wince at what might follow this sentence?


Yup.
   13. Perry Posted: January 14, 2013 at 12:11 PM (#4346706)
I know it would be difficult to even try but it's curious to me that there really aren't any other announcers who seem to try to copy the way Scully does a game.


Probably the closest I've heard would be Al Michaels, although it's been many years since he's done baseball. Which makes a certain amount of sense, since he was born in Brooklyn in 1944 and his family moved to LA the same year the Dodgers did, so he must have listened to Scully his whole childhood.
   14. Bruce Chen's Huge Panamanian Robot Posted: January 14, 2013 at 03:59 PM (#4346878)
Vin Scully is the only broadcaster I enjoy listening to.
   15. phredbird Posted: January 14, 2013 at 08:20 PM (#4347077)
that audio clip in 10 is a gas.
   16. Ulysses S. Fairsmith Posted: January 14, 2013 at 08:28 PM (#4347082)
I could never stand Vin Scully; I just hated listening to him on the Game of the Week on NBC. I think I was spoiled growing up listening to Ernie Harwell and Paul Carey.

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