We have been watching the Dodgers-Braves games on TV on “mute.” For the play-by-play announcing, we’re depending on an audio stream of Vin Scully from AM 570 LA radio. There’s about a one second time lag between what we see on TV and hear via the MacBook, but it’s worth it to hear Vin call the game.
Vin has an amazing institutional knowledge of baseball — and command of the English language. Plus that buttery voice. He calls the first three innings and the last three innings of each game on the radio.
I used to listen to Vin call the Dodger games on a red-colored transistor radio when I was my son’s age (11 years old) while I was growing up in L.A. Sometimes I listened to the games in bed until I fell asleep. My dad would tell me the next morning that he’d come into my room to turn off the radio because it was still blaring away while I slept.
My grandpa and I would listen to Vin call the game on his radio, which had a neat leather case that I admired. We’d listen to the song “It’s a beautiful day for a ballgame,” which opened Dodger radio broadcasts for decades. He and grandma lived over in Westwood.
I met Vin once, when I worked for the S.F. Chronicle in the mid-’80s. We visited in the press box at AT&T Park. I’m going to be very sad when he retires in 2014. He’s as much a legend as many of the famous Dodger and Giants players from this era.
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