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PostPosted: Mon 9/25/17 11:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I get teary-eyed thinking back to one year ago today, when Charlie Culberson's walk-off home run in the tenth clinched the division title for the Dodgers...at Vin's last home game.
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PostPosted: Sat 10/21/17 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's been a lot of talk this week about bringing Vin back for the World Series now that the Dodgers finally got there for the first time in 29 years. He says no, though.
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PostPosted: Tue 11/7/17 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On Saturday night, the post-Dodgers Vin appeared before a live audience for "An Evening with Vin Scully." Oh, how I wish I could have been there!
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PostPosted: Wed 11/29/17 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy 90th birthday, Vinnie!
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PostPosted: Wed 11/29/17 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This Padre fan tips my cap and says happy 90th birthday to Vin Scully, too.
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PostPosted: Mon 12/4/17 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Noventa! We still love this man!
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PostPosted: Mon 12/2/19 1:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, Sunny, you're not the only one I overlooked acknowledging on their birthday, lately.

I think I've completely lost it. Embarassed Not only did I miss posting here on Friday, and it's now Sunday, but I didn't post at all for Vinnie's birthday last year.

Although I've become used to the absence of his voice during the season, I miss Vin more than ever, and it's worse now that I no longer have Harpo to share those memories with. Sad

Happy 92nd birthday to the one and only, the greatest of all time--Vincent Edward Scully.
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PostPosted: Thu 12/5/19 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And happy belated birthday to Vinnie!
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PostPosted: Wed 9/2/20 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been wanting a reason to post something good about Vin because I've been thinking a lot lately about how we've been without him behind the mic for four years now. And was thinking about how much we miss him so much.

Well, evidently the feeling is mutual.

From the L.A. Times:

By BILL PLASCHKE, COLUMNIST
SEP. 1, 20204:03 PM

Out of nowhere, a monument fell.

One moment, Vin Scully was walking down his driveway to check on the mail. The next moment, he was lying face down on the pavement.

The unbreakable icon had collapsed, the eternal voice silenced. He awoke in the hospital with a concussion, broken nose, chipped tooth, three fractured ribs and a realization.

“It was like, ‘Hey, you’ve had a good life, but be ready pal, it’s just around the corner,’” said Scully, 92.

That was four months ago. The reasons for the fall were never determined. He hasn’t left his San Fernando Valley home since. He hasn’t even ventured back to that mailbox. His life now includes a walker, a full-time aide and a somber sense of seclusion.

“I’ve never been inclined to be a monk, but in some ways, my home has become a monastery,” he said.

Through it all, he’s really been missing the Dodgers. Four years after his emotional retirement, Scully misses the buzz of Dodger Stadium, the beauty of its surroundings, the kindness of its workers, and the thrills he shared for 67 years during the most magical run in sports broadcasting history.

More than anything, Los Angeles, he misses you.

“I miss the fans, I really do,” he said. “I’ve always said I needed the fans more than they needed me. Some of the tragedies in my life, the fans have always helped me get through them, and I owe those fans a great deal.”

Thus the old-school baseball bard is hoping to reconnect with his city again, only this time in the most modern of ways.

Would you believe Vin Scully is going to start tweeting? You think you might want to hear him on Instagram?

“It’s time for . . . social media!”

Beginning Wednesday, Scully will engage with followers on Twitter and Instagram through the handle @TheVinScully. There are also plans for a Facebook page to be launched in October, with the potential for the creation of a Scully website and YouTube channel.

In an arrangement forged by close friend and longtime local baseball benefactor Dennis Gilbert, Scully will dictate his thoughts on everything from current Dodgers drama to memorable baseball anniversaries in posts that will include some of his most famous calls.

“I was told the fans would like to talk to me, and I said, well, that would be very nice,” Scully said.

If you’re wondering how the screaming Twitterverse will handle an icon known for his dignity and grace, you’re not the only one.

“I don’t know what I’m getting into, really,” Scully said with a laugh.

If you’re curious about the online skills of a national media legend who has never engaged in any form of social media — never used it, never followed it, never even read it — well, join the club.

“I’ll have a sign on all of my posts that reads, ‘Amateur,’ ” Scully said.

If you’re looking for hot takes, look elsewhere.

“I thought I would dip my toe into the social media pool, but I’m not looking to make waves,” he said.

For all you potential trolls, let him make himself clear.

“If I get a controversial question — a hot potato — I’m not going to go anywhere near it,” he reiterated. “I’m not going to have anything to do with any controversy of any kind, and if I find it’s too much, I’ll disappear as quickly as I came.”

So, yeah, he’s pretty much going to be the nicest person in the history of the Internet.

“It’s going to be very friendly, very simple, just a very small contribution to whatever is going on,” he said. “Maybe I’ll make a comment on something from the past. Maybe somebody will write back, ‘I remember that.’ ”

Gilbert, a former player agent who is also a Chicago White Sox executive and insurance businessman, approached Scully with the idea a couple of months ago when he noticed his friend growing wistful in the confines of the home he shares with his wife, Sandi.

“I could tell he really wanted to connect with his fans, he really missed them, and I thought this would be an easy way to do it,” Gilbert said. “He can share his thoughts, his memories, his stories. I’m so excited for him. It’s like tweeting with history.”

Scully will dictate those thoughts to a New York-based production company, which will post them, sometimes with highlights.

“Maybe it’s Henry Aaron’s birthday, and I’ll tweet out the feeling I had when he hit his home run, and they play the home run call,” Scully said. “I will be as gentle and quiet as I can be.”

He will accumulate a following that will surely grow to huge numbers. But, as always, it will probably feel like Scully is talking just to you.

“All those years, it was so much fun coming to the ballpark and seeing all those people looking up at the booth and waving to me,” Scully said. “This is my way of connecting with them again.”

He also has used his recent fall to connect with his mortality. Not only is he going to publicly clear his head of his baseball musings, but he’s also cleaning out his memorabilia room and auctioning off his most valuable souvenirs so his large family can enjoy the proceeds while he’s still alive.

More than 300 items from Scully’s collection will be sold at auction Sept. 23, memorabilia including everything from four World Series rings to letters from presidents to the scorebook used during his final 2016 season.

Scully has five children, 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, and he will share most of the earnings with them while he still can.

“I always thought when I get rid of all the bits and pieces of my life, I would like to make a little money and give it to my kids,” he said. “I would rather do it now when I can enjoy their joy rather than do it from the grave.”

Some of the auction proceeds also will go to UCLA for neuromuscular research, as Sandi is battling an illness related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

“Sandi is the strength of the family, the inspiration of the family, and she’s my strength as well as my love,” he said.

The same can be said of how Los Angeles feels about Vin Scully. Now in 280-character bursts, he’s the gift that keeps on giving.
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PostPosted: Thu 9/3/20 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I loved when I heard this! There's nobody who doesn't miss Vinnie. It's good to hear he's laying low and staying at home mostly. I would be happy to find out what memories he's posting about. He has so much to draw from.
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PostPosted: Fri 9/4/20 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is great! Sometimes I have to wonder what the Colonel would do if he were still alive, Lol!
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PostPosted: Sun 9/6/20 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And did you see Vin on CBS Sunday morning, today? That was a nice surprise to wake up to.
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PostPosted: Mon 11/30/20 1:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy birthday, Vin!
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PostPosted: Mon 11/30/20 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So happy he is still a part of us all! Happy belated birthday.
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PostPosted: Mon 11/30/20 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope he had many blessings and I am sure he did. Our Dodger fan neighbor shared this with me, the ESPY Awards from 2017 when Vin won the Icon award - clip is linked here from Youtube
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PostPosted: Tue 12/1/20 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Cathy. Smile

One of the Dodger blogs posted this video from his retirement (and yes, that's been four years now!), which I don't remember seeing the first time around--originally tweeted by the Dodgers. Oh, how my eyes teared up!
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PostPosted: Thu 7/22/21 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We're here for you, Vinnie! You were there for us all those years.

Bill Plaschke does it again. From the L.A. Times:

"Column: Vin Scully Makes the Most of Each Day While Mourning the Loss of His Beloved Wife"

BY BILL PLASCHKE, COLUMNIST
JULY 20, 2021 3:30 AM PT

Vin Scully sounded strong.

He also sounded sad.

Vin Scully was so sharp, one could easily envision him stepping right back into the broadcast booth.

He was also so muted, one could feel his pain.

In some of his first public comments since the Jan. 3 death of his beloved wife, Sandi, Scully answered my recent phone call with both resignation and hope.

“I’m OK, I really am,” he said. “I’ve been severely wounded, but I’ve also come to grips with it. I believe it’s all God’s plans. I’m just trying to do the best that I can for as long as I have.”

What ensued was a 30-minute conversation that revealed the human side of a Los Angeles sports deity, the city’s most trusted voice lowering his tone to share the anguish of his loss, the path toward his recovery, and the wisdom gained on the journey.

He was speaking from his home, where the 93-year-old icon spends virtually all his time these days with constant visits from his three daughters and the 24-hour presence of a nurse.

“I’m able to get out, but in all honesty, for whatever, 100 different reasons, I guess, I’m just more content being in the house, far from the maddening crowd, I guess you could say,” he said. “I find a great deal of peace just being at home.”

He was also speaking from his heart, which was indelibly broken when his wife of 47 years died of complications from ALS.

“I’m all right. I believe it’s God’s plan. We had wonderful times together,” he said. “He’s called Sandi home, and I’m just waiting for the call.”

When that call comes, he said, he is looking forward to a reunion with his bride.

“Oh, absolutely, without a doubt, I’d leave yesterday,” he said.

Sandi was the one to whom he sang “The Wind Beneath My Wings” on his final day at Dodger Stadium in 2016. Sandi was his constant companion, even sitting behind him in the broadcast booth throughout his final season. Sandi was his best friend, and he still struggles to endure her absence.

“I wouldn’t want to dwell on how I feel much more than, you can imagine, anybody can imagine, when you lose your partner, the loss is overwhelming, and then eventually you come to grips with it,” he said. “As of right now, I would say that I’m healing to reality, and I will try to do the best that I can for as long as I have.”

Scully is hanging in there. That is about the only way to describe it. The man so renowned for his wonderful musings on baseball now honestly speaks about Sandi’s death with the same elegant, yet pained, grace.

“It was all part of life. It’s all part of the plan. We all get born, we live, and eventually we pass on,” he said. “I’m just hoping that it won’t be too long before I join her, but otherwise I’ll just wait my turn.”

He was asked to sum up Sandi’s impact on him. He referred to that memorable Sunday afternoon song.

“It took a lot of courage to stand up in Dodger Stadium and listen to myself singing ‘The Wind Beneath My Wings,’ ” he said. “That would sum her up perfectly, exactly. ... She was the wind beneath my wings. ... That was exactly how I felt and exactly how I lived.”

Four days after Sandi’s death, Scully suffered another loss with the Jan. 7 passing of longtime Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda. That is a lot for one man to handle. Scully said he soothes himself by planning on another reunion.

“I knew Tommy over 60 years. That’s a long time in anyone’s life,” Scully said. “We had so much fun together. I always had a feeling that Tommy might need somebody to chew the fat with. I would do that with him. We were as close as we could be. ... We had a wonderful relationship right down to the end. ... I’ll see him again one of these days.”

Scully is told that the strength he has shown in the last six months is inspiring. Of course, he disagreed.

“I don’t think I’m strong at all,” he protested. “When you are alive, you endure the pain, the joy, the laughter. ... I have been so grateful for the life that I’ve had. My relationship was as good as it could possibly be. The pain is part of the price.”

How has he emotionally survived?

“I don’t think I’d be able to do much of a job if I didn’t pray a little bit,” he said. “Prayer has really helped me.”

He has also relied on those closest to him, the ultimate family man once again being carried by family.

“Naturally, I’m very much involved in my family. I need them, and they need me. That’s a current love affair, especially with my three daughters,” he said. “We take turns with me hosting them for dinner. I see one of them usually in the course of the day at lunchtime. It’s great.”

Also visiting him one afternoon were Dodgers officials Stan Kasten and Lon Rosen, who presented him with his 2020 World Series ring, for which he was eternally grateful, not that he would ever actually wear the thing.

“They brought this beautiful blue box ... and there was the ring, which I admired and have since put it away,” he said. “I don’t know if I’ll ever see it again. I have a habit of doing that.”

Scully truly doesn’t understand all the accolades. He never has. Now, perhaps more than ever, he feels the greatest award can be found in life itself.

“With everything else that’s happened, I still feel that I have been tremendously honored,” he said. “I don’t know why, but the more I think of what I’ve done, actually, the more humble I feel. I don’t feel like I really have done anything except I’ve lived a long time.”

When told he nonetheless sounded amazingly sharp, he laughed.

“There is no way I can think of myself of being sharp. I don’t think I’ve ever felt that way when I was working, hoping I wouldn’t make too many mistakes,” he said. “I’m just enjoying every day as best I can.”

He is clearly still eloquent enough to serve as a guest commentator for a nationally televised inning or two in the postseason. Remember last October when the baseball world called for his invitation? It turns out he wasn’t invited because he has always declined, and he would do so again.

”They asked me so many times, Joe [Buck] would always be saying, ‘Aw, c’mon Vin, we’d love to have you on, just for an inning,’” he recounted. “I said, ‘I don’t belong there. I don’t deserve to be there. I’ve been there, I’ve done it, I’ve been grateful, and that’s good enough. And after a while, you make a mistake, people are like, he’s on the air again?”

So, for the record, he wouldn’t come out of retirement even for an inning on a Dodgers broadcast?

“I don’t have any desire to go back. I’m so grateful and thankful for the 67 years,” he said. “I know when I’m done, and I am done, that’s for sure.”

But he did leave the door open for more of his memorable taped in-game bits.

“If the Dodgers ask me to do a promo over the radio, I’m more than happy to do that,” he said. “I like the feel that, even as far as I am from the team ... maybe I have that tryout locker in the clubhouse, that somewhere I’m associated with the team.’’

He sighed.

“I’m done. Really I am. People have heard me enough,” he said. “And now it’s time for me ... ‘Scully, be quiet. Go over and sit down.’”

Scully, keep talking, forever and ever.
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PostPosted: Sat 7/24/21 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A very touching column.
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PostPosted: Mon 12/13/21 11:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From my heart, this is my very favorite of all threads I've participated in on this forum over the 16 years we've been on-line.

But now I must say, mea culpa. Mea maxima culpa, Vinnie.

You may recall that two weeks ago, I was experiencing some problems with Internet access and wasn't able to post for a couple of days. Vin celebrated his 94th birthday on Monday, November 29. I eventually got back on-line but didn't mention that.

And yet, every day counts now. The older I get, the more I find I cherish each moment and every birthday that passes.

So I'll say again, mea culpa, Vinnie. You remind me of the time about 20 years ago when you were calling a game in which MLB umpire Ron Kulpa was behind the plate for balls and strikes, and during that broadcast you remarked about the irony of an umpire named being Kulpa--because the Latin phrase "mea culpa" translates into "through my fault." And you recalled your days in Catholic school in Washington Heights, confessing "mea culpa" for forgiveness of sins, and wondered about an umpire who might admit to making a mistake, which they are prone to do, but which you noted they must make a snap decision without the benefit of hindsight.

And so, I'll always associate Ron Kulpa with you and your wonderful way with words. Always, Vinnie. Happy belated 94th to you.
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PostPosted: Thu 12/16/21 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That was perfectly said.
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PostPosted: Wed 4/13/22 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations to Vin, whose latest honor includes a Lifetime Achievement Award from Baseball Digest.
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PostPosted: Wed 4/13/22 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We don't hear as much about him anymore, but he's still close to our hearts! Congratulations.
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PostPosted: Thu 4/14/22 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is very deserved. Congratulations. I know how missed he is.
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PostPosted: Tue 8/2/22 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rest in peace, Vinnie. We will always love you.

There are no other words at this time.

Only tears.

Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Wed 8/3/22 12:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lagrimes! My whole family is in mourning. Earlier in the day I was waiting out all the trade news and tonight I'm feeling shattered. We lost a member of our extended family!
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PostPosted: Wed 8/3/22 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As baseball fans, we all mourn together. Sad

R.I.P. Mr. Scully.
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I don't know how we ever get over this one! Fred Roggin was saying yesterday that no matter how much you can expect something like this happening at Vin's age, you still feel like you were hit in the gut when the news was announced.

The Dodgers will celebrate Vinnie with a pre-game tribute tomorrow night when they return home for the weekend series vs. the Padres.
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PostPosted: Sat 8/6/22 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are you still crying today, DB? I am! Here is the special tribute from last night. Many altars set up around the stadium and fan memorials near the broadcast booth, too.

And then this morning the L.A. Times has a special commemorative tribute section for Vin. It will go in your prized memorabilia for sure!
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PostPosted: Fri 8/12/22 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Honestly, here it is a week after that tribute and I'm still crying.

I may indulge this thread for a long, long time, just because it will certainly honor the memory of Vin Scully, and comfort us at the same time.
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