Vin 'Uncle' Scully: Editorial on the Legendary L.A. Dodgers Broadcaster
Vin Scully is finishing up his 64th season as the voice of the Dodgers. For as long anyone can remember, he has started every game with “Hi, everybody and a very pleasant good afternoon/evening to you, wherever you may be.” With those words every broadcast, Dodgers and baseball fans everywhere bear the enormous blessing of being able to spend the next few hours reliving an older era.
He and other select Dodgers broadcasters have long bucked the trend without a color commentator. The Scully experience would not be same any other way. Something so uncommon would not have been possible without an icon like Scully, who has combined unprecedented longevity, wisdom, and limitless love in his work.
Scully has embodied a model of consistency that very few have. Vin has not changed in his delivery, style, and substance over his career. His voice has gradually aged adding to the notion that listening to him is a pure act of nostalgia. Tantamount to his legacy is that as the world has changed around him, he has not had to change because he has always been ahead of his time in his intelligence and compassion.
The values that Scully embodies are what defines him. As a Dodger fan, your sole condolence over the last few decades has been this man. Over much of the last quarter century, Dodgers fans have followed what has largely been an average team over the years. So much of Vin’s legacy resides in this Dodger era however - he has kept the same perspective and spirit that understands the flukey but forward-thinking spirit of the game.
And we’re not just talking about an icon status earned through many decades as the voice of a historic franchise. While others have inspired by being unabashed homers, Scully has long set the standard for an objective but positive brand of journalism. He has never really actually seemed like a Dodger fan but his love for the game shines through constantly.
He is reminiscent of a day when broadcasters were not out to please the masses but to provide an account in the most credible and enlightening way possible. The man is constantly challenging his listeners with tough vocabulary and several at-bats long history lessons. As he well should because who else is doing it.
Let the man teach a lesson, particularly to those in the business of media and content—that Scully model of treating audiences with the utmost respect. He is beyond baseball and announcing. Knowledge, poetry, objectivity, and kind-heartedness rule above all in his world. Here’s to hoping he outlives us all.
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