There’s bad news Tuesday for Dodger fans hoping to hear Vin Scully broadcast the team’s games through the playoffs.
The legendary broadcaster says he won’t be calling any playoff games this year, and his astonishing 67-year career with the team will wrap up at the end of the regular season Oct. 2.
Scully told the Los Angeles Times that while he has called some playoff games on the radio in years past, that won’t be the case this year. He said he will bid farewell to fans twice: at the final home game at Dodger Stadium on Sept. 25, then at the final game of the regular season in San Francisco on Oct. 2.
“I’m going to say good-bye at Dodger Stadium the last game with Colorado,” he said. “I will say good-bye in San Francisco. And then that will be it.”
Scully, 88, said he plans to call all three of the Dodgers’ season- ending games in San Francisco. He told The Times the venue will be fitting, because as an 8-year-old boy in New York, he became a baseball fan — and a Giants fan — after seeing a storefront sign announcing the score of that day’s World Series game: New York Yankees 18, New York Giants 4. Scully said he could go to games for free during the week, so he began attending Giants games.
“As things turn out, the last game of the season, and my last broadcast, will be against the Giants, in San Francisco, Oct. 2, 2016 — exactly 80 years to the day I saw that Giant-Yankee scorecard,” he said. “That is a fitting conclusion, I think, to my career.”
–City News Service