If there’s one thing remaining from the iconic fallacy that was the “Dodgers”, it is Vin Scully. Dodger Stadium isn’t entirely the same, Tommy Lasorda a walking billboard these days, and the team is just well, bordering extinction under Frank McCourt.
So naturally, McCourt came up with the ingenious idea of surveying his season ticket holders on a variety of topics, including the teams announcers, like Scully. Now Scully has been the voice of the franchise for 62 seasons, seeing everything from Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson at Ebbets Field, to Rick Monday’s patriotism, to Milton Bradley’s first episode of combustion in 2004.
Quite simply, he’s the god of announcing, and a figure head that will never, ever be topped. Sure Jack Buck, Curt Gowdy and Ernie Harwell share a distinction of invincibility for baseball voices, but Scully would be the consensus selection to call an ultimate fantasy game in the heavens, with the legends from Ruth to Ripken, and Walter to Randy Johnson. It would Scully calling that game, and not a single person would contest that decision.
Yet, our good ol’ buddy, Frank McCourt, has painted Scully with the same brush as Eric Collins. Who? Yeah, that other guy that you mute when the Dodgers are on the road. Of course McCourt would say he’s simply treating all of his on-air talent as equals, but there’s a problem with that.
There’s not a single soul in the world of baseball or even sports, that sees anyone as Scully’s equal, with the maybe exception of Chick Hearn who revolutionized the way basketball was portrayed on-air.
This is easily the lowest point in the McCourt era, and it’s not even close. Even Maria Sharapova’s best looking appendage feels that way. That’s really saying something.
So how would you rate Vin Scully? If you need help, here’s his Top-Five Moments, according Dodgers Nation.