The Los Angeles Dodgers paid tribute to Vin Scully before Friday evening’s game, their first at Dodger Stadium since their beloved legendary broadcaster’s death Tuesday at the age of 94.
The Dodgers and San Diego Padres were lined up along the third and first base lines for a moment of silence followed by a tribute video played on the stadium’s message board. The entire Dodger team then huddled around the mound, watching another tribute video of Scully, which included photos with some current and former Dodgers players and broadcasters.
Manager Dave Roberts then addressed the sellout crowd announced at 52,714.
“Vin, as he’s looking down on us right now, hated the spotlight on him. This is going to be very uncomfortable for him because this moment right now he really deserved,” Roberts said. “Vin was a man of character, integrity, class, a true gentleman. He just wasn’t a Dodger. He loved the game of baseball that we all love and care about.”
Roberts recalled during that during the final game Scully broadcast at Dodger Stadium on Sept. 25, 2016, a banner hung from Scully’s broadcast booth saying “I’ll miss you.” Dodger broadcasters Joe Davis and Orel Hershiser then unveiled a banner from the booth saying, “Vin, we’ll miss you!” followed by a blue heart and Dodger fans.
“Vin, you will be missed,” Roberts said. “We love you. We’ll think about you every day. Every day we come here, every fan that shows up to Dodger Stadium, you’ll always be remembered, you’ll always be linked to these five words, “It’s time for Dodger baseball.”
Roberts then exhorted the crowd to get on their feet and “on the count of three, yell as loud as you can, `It’s time for Dodger baseball” so Mr. Vin can hear us from blue heaven.”