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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

WaPo: Drew Storen got to meet Vin Scully

Tuesday afternoon, before batting practice, Drew Storen felt nervous as he ascended an escalator inside Dodger Stadium, headed toward a place he rarely visits. Storen hopped off and walked into the press box, where one of his favorite people in baseball awaited. Storen was going to meet Vin Scully.

Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: September 03, 2014 at 01:41 AM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: los angeles, los angeles dodgers, media, radio, television, vin scully, washington, washington nationals

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   1. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: September 03, 2014 at 10:32 AM (#4784448)
Scully then cut off his head and absorbed his power into his own.

There can be only one.
   2. PreservedFish Posted: September 03, 2014 at 10:48 AM (#4784464)
I kinda thought that Scully met with the visiting players frequently. Where does he collect all those anecdotes?
   3. Bote Man Posted: September 03, 2014 at 11:18 AM (#4784490)
I kinda thought that Scully met with the visiting players frequently. Where does he collect all those anecdotes?

The media guide, which is prepared by shiny, happy interns looking to stick around the ballpark and become The Next Vin Scullys.
   4. The Polish Sausage Racer Posted: September 03, 2014 at 11:29 AM (#4784500)
That's why he's Vin Scully and you're not. He can take those media guide nuggets and make them sound like something he observed personally and that he's sharing confidentially with you cause you know, you're buds. Man's a genius.
   5. akrasian Posted: September 03, 2014 at 12:16 PM (#4784548)
My understanding is that he also has an intern whose job is to read the sports sections of minor league towns and get anecdotes about players who might be called up in the future. That way he knows that promising rookie's hobby is playing skittles or whatever.
   6. Batman Posted: September 03, 2014 at 03:01 PM (#4784722)
shiny, happy interns looking to stick around the ballpark and become The Next Vin Scullys.
One of those interns started as a college freshman and is now 82 years old and still waiting. The last Dodger player who was born before the Dodgers hired Scully was Rick Dempsey, who left the team 24 years ago.
   7. You're a clown, RMc! I'm tired of it! Posted: September 04, 2014 at 07:58 AM (#4785155)
Vin Scully's first game as the Dodgers announcer (1950) is closer to Benjamin Harrison's election as president (1888) than it is to today.
   8. TerpNats Posted: September 04, 2014 at 08:59 AM (#4785174)
And the first game Scully called was an exhibition game against the Philadelphia Athletics, managed by Connie Mack.
   9. Bunny Vincennes Posted: September 04, 2014 at 09:24 AM (#4785192)
I'm pretty convinced that Scully has watched more baseball games than anyone in history. Mack has to be second, but he only was there for the A's. Scully, has done tons of non Dodger games. Bob Shepard is also in the conversation. I've seen upwards of 2400 games, but I have a day job and am half Scully's age.
   10. McCoy Posted: September 04, 2014 at 09:39 AM (#4785209)
The only announcer I ever met was Larry Andersen.
   11. McCoy Posted: September 04, 2014 at 09:46 AM (#4785212)
Comiskey probably is up there as well. Started playing baseball in the minor leagues in 1877, hit the majors in 1882, turned his team into a major league team in 1901 and died in 1931. That's a lot of baseball.
   12. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: September 04, 2014 at 10:39 AM (#4785264)
I approve of post #7.
   13. You're a clown, RMc! I'm tired of it! Posted: September 04, 2014 at 10:24 PM (#4785816)
And the first game Scully called was an exhibition game against the Philadelphia Athletics, managed by Connie Mack.

Mack's baseball career began as a catcher for Meriden in the Connecticut State League in 1884. He spent 67 consecutive years in baseball, ending in 1950.

Meanwhile, next season will be Scully 66th in baseball. Put them together, and Mack's and Scully's time in baseball stretches an incredible 132 years, or about 90% of the history of the professional game!
   14. Howie Menckel Posted: September 05, 2014 at 01:45 AM (#4785889)

"He can take those media guide nuggets and make them sound like something he observed personally and that he's sharing confidentially with you cause you know, you're buds."

I like Vin, but how listeners don't seem to realize he's just speed reading media guide trivialities off cue cards as each player reaches the plate never ceases to amaze me. It's like he's so far retro that newer listeners don't even realize he's retro anymore.

   15. You're a clown, RMc! I'm tired of it! Posted: September 05, 2014 at 07:07 AM (#4785907)
Listeners don't realize it because Vin's been doing this for two-thirds of a century. And he's good.
   16. God Posted: September 05, 2014 at 08:06 AM (#4785915)
The media guide, which is prepared by shiny, happy interns looking to stick around the ballpark and become The Next Vin Scullys.

I like Vin, but how listeners don't seem to realize he's just speed reading media guide trivialities


Has no one here ever seen a friggin' media guide before? They don't contain anything like the kinds of personal vignette type stories Scully tells. They contain stats, stats, and more stats.

Scully gets his info, as someone alluded to above, by having an intern/gofer gather it from published news reports. I imagine there's probably a file on every player, like a newspaper morgue.
   17. Bote Man Posted: September 05, 2014 at 09:26 AM (#4785952)
That's exactly what I meant by "media guide". Not the fluff that shows up in the programs sold at ballparks, but a guide of facts and anecdotes about players prepared FOR THE MEDIA. Vin qualifies as "the media", even though that's plural. He's more like a medium (to the past).
   18. Nasty Nate Posted: September 05, 2014 at 10:00 AM (#4785969)
If Scully arranges for the assembly of a special guide to players for his sole use, that's different than what is called the "media guide" and is distributed to all of the media. Although, yes it could be technically called a media guide.
   19. Bote Man Posted: September 05, 2014 at 10:12 AM (#4785979)
I love Vin Scully, think he's great. Still, I have heard the opposing announcers at the same Dodgers game recite some of the same anecdotes, so maybe some are collated for Vin exclusively, but not all of them. It doesn't surprise me that he has a team that collects this stuff.

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