It's time for Dodger baseball
September 10, 2011 8:06 PM Subscribe
posted by dry white toast (27 comments total)
20 users marked this as a favorite
If you are an East Coast baseball fan, there are two reasons to stay up past your bed time:
1) Your local nine are on a West Coast road swing
2) To indulge in one of the true joys of baseball: Listening to Vin Scully call a baseball game.
In the October edition of GQ, Scully looks back on some of his most memorable calls
, in a career that started in 1950 when the Dodgers called Brooklyn home. If reading Scully's recollections isn't enough for you, The website includes audio of the calls in question.
Despite some serious lack of class
on the part of the Dodgers, Vin Scully recently announced he will be returning for a 63rd season
to broadcast all Dodger home games and select road games.
His call of Hank Aaron's home run that broke Babe Ruth's all-time record, in particular, stands out for Scully's unique ability to summon words (or silence) to fit the occasion:
After permitting the crowd's cheers to shower the airwaves
for several minutes, Scully returned to the microphone to weigh in
on the magnitude of the feat.
"What a marvelous moment for baseball; what a marvelous moment
for Atlanta and the state of Georgia; what a marvelous moment for
the country and the world. A black man is getting a standing ovation
in the Deep South for breaking a record of an all-time baseball idol.
And it is a great moment for all of us, and particularly for Henry Aaron...
And for the first time in a long time, that poker face of Aaron's shows
the tremendous strain and relief of what it must have been like to live
with for the past several months. It is over."