Wednesday, June 3, 2009
A dear friend of mine
Any Dodger fan will tell you that Vin Scully is the greatest baseball announcer ever to have called a game. I'm sure a lot of non-Dodger fans would say the same. However, something that Dodger fans alone can claim is that Vinny is a close, personal friend, someone with whom they have shared some of the best and worst of times with.
If you asked, I couldn't tell you the first time I heard Vin's sterling silver tones. I couldn't even tell you my favorite of all the games he's called. Those things aren't important when it comes to Vin. Our relationship isn't predicated on remembering anniversaries or gift giving, just really amazing conversations. So many times he'll comment on a little girl or boy in the crowd or tell a story about players from the Polo Grounds in Brooklyn, and I'll feel as though we were chatting idly over coffee and a Farmer John Dodger Dog or two.
To be fair, Vin might not be the best play-by-play man in the league, but Dodger fans don't watch just to see what happens. They tune in to televised broadcasts and the first three innings of radio in order to experience the game alongside an incomparable companion. The destination is important, but the ride doesn't have to be a three hour drag one hundred and sixty two days a year (well, less than that since Vin doesn't travel too far away from LA these days). Even if you aren't a Dodger fan, watch a Friday night or Sunday afternoon game that Vinny's calling, and pay less attention to the game than the overall experience provided by one of the warmest and gentlest friends you'll ever have.