Los Angeles Dodgers: What Is Vin Scully's Importance to You?

Joe ChaconContributor IIIJune 1, 2012

Photo Credit: officialvinscully.com
Photo Credit: officialvinscully.com

The Los Angeles Dodgers are in the midst of a bit of adversity. They have just been swept by the Milwaukee Brewers and have lost Matt Kemp for at least another month.

Instead of boring you to death with another doomsday Dodger article or reiterating the facts of Kemp's hamstring injury, let's reflect on some of our favorite memories of the voice of the Dodgers, Vin Scully.

It's becoming increasingly evident that "Vinny" is going to break our hearts and call it a career within the next couple of years. And I believe that is exactly why he has stayed in the booth as long as he has; he knows how important he is to us.

Sure, he'll never admit to that. Vin is one of the most selfless individuals you would ever care to meet. We also know that Vin has continued calling games because his passion for the game, and more specifically the Dodgers, has not left him.

As somebody who has lived my entire life in Southern California, I'm just like many of you who have grown up listening to Scully, Bob Miller and Chick Hearn. How fortunate have we been? Granted, I wish we were able to hear Miller call the Stanley Cup Finals, but I'll leave that for another time/rant.

About ten years ago, I was fortunate to meet Scully inside of his broadcast booth. At that time, I was helping a friend do some video work, and he happened to be friends with the executive producer of Fox Sports West. That producer arranged for my friend and I to meet Scully in his booth before the game.

To say everything was a blur would be a gross understatement.

I remember walking into Scullys' booth. As soon as I walked in, he dropped what he was doing and stood up to shake my hand. He acted as if he was excited to meet me. If you've read about other people meeting Scully, you will find that this was how he greeted everyone.

The way in which he can tell a story during his broadcast is what makes him so special. Scully turns the game into a nostalgic experience. It doesn't matter if it is a NLCS game or a regular season day game against Colorado; he approaches each game with the same passion.

Scully never allows his voice to be more important than the game itself. He doesn't portray a bias in any game he calls. The play-by-play people of today, for the most part, are terrible at hiding their "homerism." Scully has always called it right down the middle.

Scully's voice will forever be an important part of my life, and I would love to hear about your favorite Vin Scully moments from over the years, whether it is a favorite call of his, childhood memories that Vin's voice brings you back to or just a reflection as to what he means to the Dodgers organization.

Let's take our mind off of Kemp's injury for a while.

Joe Chacon is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and a Staff Writer for Operation Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @JoeChacon.