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Thursday, August 11, 2022

Dodgers pay posthumous tribute to Scully

LOS ANGELES ( Associated Press) — Manager Dave Roberts paid his posthumous tribute to broadcaster Vin Scully, urging the crowd to chant one of his most famous lines: “It’s Dodger Baseball Time.”

Scully, who called the Dodgers games for 67 years and retired in 2016, died Tuesday at the age of 94.

A moment of silence was observed at Dodger Stadium on Friday in memory of Reverend Scully under beautiful blue skies. A video tribute was then shown, narrated by current historian Charlie Steiner, as well as a memorable version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” performed by Israel “IZ” Kamakavivo’ole.

Scully once described a beautiful night as “a cotton candy sky with a blue umbrella”. His voice was the soundtrack to baseball games for generations of Dodgers fans.

He was a great storyteller. However, Roberts speculated that Scully didn’t want to get all the attention, as she did at the ceremony.

“Vin, as he looks down on us, must be thinking right now that he hates all the spotlight,” Roberts said. “Okay, this is going to be a very awkward moment, but he deserves it. Vin was a man of character, integrity and class, a true gentleman. He wasn’t just a Dodger, he loved baseball which Means a lot to all of us.”

The Dodgers and the San Diego Padres lined up in the first and third rows during the ceremony.

In 2016, when Scully called his last game at Dodger Stadium, he held a banner in his box that read, “I miss you.”

Scully then told fans that they would need him more than he needed them. His last visit to Dodger Stadium was on June 9, 2021.

Later during the ceremony, the Dodgers gathered on the mound for a photo with the broadcast box in the background. A new banner, unfurled by broadcaster Joe Davis and broadcaster and former pitcher Orel Hershiser, was put up with a message that read, “Win, we miss you.”

As the video ended, the crowd jumped to their feet, showing an image of Scully waving from the field with a rainbow behind him.

The umpire gathered at home plate and looked at the box. His hat was then removed as a sign of respect.

Dodgers starter Tony Gonsolin did the same off the mound.

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