August 3, 2011

You know who's a peach?

Vin Scully, Dodgers broadcaster.
Vin Scully, that's who. Do you know this guy? He does the broadcast for the Dodgers and he's just amazing.

The guy is 86 and he does the games alone. To my knowledge, he's the only lone sportscaster in the MLB. The other guys host the games in groups of two or three, a much easier set-up because no one person is responsible for keeping up the patter. They take turns.

Not Scully. He does the whole damn thing by himself. I really admire him for this. It's a huge responsibility. And he's not just dribbling out nonsense. Scully offers succinct, intelligent commentary that comes out sounding like the printed page. Most people who are 86 have trouble keeping track of the days of the week, yet Scully provides a truly heads-up, alert commentary for four- or five-hour stretches! Alone! Now that is amazing.

He always has the inside scoop and he tells his audience what each team, player and manager is trying to do, every step of the way. And the man is shrewd. He says things that make you see the game in a new light.

Plus, he's been broadcasting for 50 years. The guy was there when the greats played, and talks about those days in entertaining fashion. He is living history. And, the icing on the cake, Scully's voice and delivery bring back the sounds of old-time baseball broadcasting. When I hear him, if I close my eyes it could be 1950 or 1960. The timbre of his voice proclaims this. I love this guy.

If your TV system lets you watch a Dodgers game from their viewpoint, give Vin a listen. He is something.


Artichoke Annie said...

OMG, do I know Vince Scully? Is the Pope Catholic? Ok, bad analogy...

I get such a kick out of your baseball-newbieism, nothing like a fresh view to remind you of all the things you really liked all along!

Keep 'em coming!

writenow said...

I'm even newer to baseball than you think, Annie, because the first year or two I watched the games without sound. I HATED the announcers. Then one day I read an article that said fans learn a lot about the physical game through the language used by the sportscasters. So I turned the sound on. Duh. A whole new world!