Vin Scully’s Final Game at Dodgers Stadium Was Perfect (Videos)
Vin Scully called his final game at Dodger Stadium on Sunday. Fittingly, the Dodgers gave the legendary baseball broadcaster a Hollywood ending—though they did make him work a little overtime to get it.
Trailing the Rockies 3-2 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, shortstop Charlie Seager sent the game to extra innings with a jack to right field. Then, with two outs in the bottom of the 10th, second baseman Charlie Culberson improbably won the game and clinched the NL West crown with a solo jack to left field with his first homer of the season.
Naturally, Vin Scully’s calls were perfect:
The game would have been special even without the dramatic conclusion, though. Scully started his final broadcast from Dodger Stadium with a beautiful tribute to the fans:
Out in the stands, the fans were giving tributes of their own:
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 25, 2016
Meanwhile, up in the booth, Scully was surprised with a visit from his grandkids:
And down on the field, every Dodgers player who stepped to the plate gave Scully a tip of his hat:
Unfortunately, in a sad twist absolutely nobody expected, Scully also had to address the tragic death of Marlins ace Jose Fernandez on his last day at Dodger Stadium. But of course he did so with his trademark grace and wisdom:
When the game was over, Scully addressed the crowd at Dodger Stadium with a shorter, impromptu version of the speech he made at the start of the broadcast:
The Dodgers players then gave him one last tip of the hat:
Major League Baseball collected his microphone and scorebook for the Hall of Fame:
And Scully left the Dodger Stadium press box for the last time:
Vin Scully walking out of the Dodger Stadium broadcast booth for the last time. pic.twitter.com/fkQRGNyxVg
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) September 26, 2016
Fortunately for baseball fans everywhere, we still have three more chances to hear Scully improvise his baseball poetry. Though he stopped travelling with the Dodgers a few years back, next weekend Vin will be in San Francisco for the last three games of the season.