‘He was the Dodgers.’ Players, workers mourn lack of Vin Scully

Joe Davis reported the information to viewers within the backside of the fifth inning from the visiting tv sales space at Oracle Park the place, fittingly, the Dodgers and Giants have been enjoying.

“Well, it’s with heavy hearts that we pass along some really tough news,” Davis started. “At the age of 94, Vin Scully has passed away.”

Silence.

“Tough. Tough,” Davis mentioned shortly after ending his SportsNet LA broadcast in the identical ballpark Scully known as his last sport. “But I think it was my, like it’s been my responsibility to follow him and do the best I could to honor him by sitting in that chair and telling stories and calling Dodger baseball.”

Davis changed Scully in 2017. Scully had been the workforce’s heat voice for 67 seasons. He spanned the franchise’s transfer from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. His tales have been heard on transistor radios within the crowd on the Coliseum when the workforce moved west in 1958 and thru flat display screen televisions when he mentioned goodbye in 2016. He was as fashionable as any participant in any period, a gentle summer time presence throughout the area for generations.

Changing the icon was inconceivable. Scully’s recommendation for Davis was the identical recommendation Pink Barber gave him in 1950: Be your self.

“I just tried to do my best to pay tribute to the guy that I consider the greatest ever to do it,” Davis mentioned. “And I said on the air tonight and will say it forever: There will never be another one like him. The greatest there ever has been and the greatest there ever will be.

“So, we just tried to do our best to relay stories that we think kind of made Vin, Vin and just try to take what was a tough situation for everybody I know who felt like they knew Vin from listening to him for so long and make some people smile on a tough night.”

Within the Dodgers dugout, phrase began to unfold mid-game about Scully’s passing.

“I knew he was ailing,” Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts mentioned. “But as far as the finality, I was still shocked.”

Justin Turner, the workforce’s longest-tenured place participant, discovered when he went again to the batting cages after the fifth inning.

“He was the Dodgers,” Turner mentioned. “I think a lot of heavy hearts in here tonight hearing that news.”

A Lakewood native, Turner instantly thought again to his first encounter with Scully, when the third baseman was nonetheless enjoying for the New York Mets in the beginning of his profession.

“We were in town playing the Dodgers and he came down into the visiting clubhouse to say hi,” Turner mentioned. “He told me he was a fellow redhead, and us redheads have to stick together. I thought it was crazy that Vin Scully walked into the clubhouse to find me, and say hi to me.”

Catcher Austin Barnes remembered listening to Scully name video games whereas rising up in Riverside.

“The way he called games, it made you feel at home, like he was in your living room,” Barnes mentioned. “Super sad. Obviously he’ll be missed. He’s kind of like my childhood, growing up, listening to him.”

Clayton Kershaw, who was round for extra of Scully’s profession than every other present Dodger, had fond flashbacks of his personal Tuesday evening.

The pitcher was watching a tv commemoration of Scully within the clubhouse postgame when highlights of his no-hitter in 2014 flashed throughout the display screen. Scully’s dulcet voice narrated that sport, identical to it had a half-century earlier, when the broadcaster known as Sandy Koufax’s excellent sport.

“All the people he’s called, no-hitters, perfect games, World Series, all these things, for me to be a very tiny, tiny part of that is very cool,” Kershaw mentioned. “His voice never changed. ‘It’s time for Dodger baseball,’ the ‘Good evenings,’ it will all resonate with me. It was a very special thing to be able to have him around, and we’ll miss him, for sure.”

Information of Scully’s dying resonated round the remainder of the game, as properly.

In Anaheim, Angels supervisor and Fullerton native Phil Nevin recalled his interactions with Scully, from preserving rating of video games whereas listening to him as a child, to the time he first heard Scully name his title on a broadcast when he reached the main leagues.

“It felt like, ‘Wow,’” Nevin mentioned, “‘I’m in the big leagues.’”

Throughout Scully’s last season calling video games in 2016, Nevin was the Giants’ third base coach. Throughout one sport towards the Dodgers that 12 months, he went as much as the press field to take an image with the retiring broadcaster.

“It was one of my favorite baseball moments,” Nevin mentioned.

Maybe probably the most memorable spotlight from that 12 months: Charlie Culberson’s walk-off residence run in Scully’s last residence sport at Dodger Stadium, a win that clinched the NL West for the Dodgers and was punctuated with Scully singing “Wind Beneath my Wings” to a sold-out crowd.

“We [were] all celebrating and we all just turn our attention to Vin and his wife Sandra,” Culberson, who now performs for the Texas Rangers, instructed reporters after their sport Tuesday. “It was a pretty cool moment … People will talk about Vin forever.”

On-line, remembrances of Scully additionally flooded social media Tuesday.

Longtime Dodgers Spanish language broadcaster Jaime Jarrín wrote in Spanish that he “lost the architect of my professional life; a dear friend.”

Lakers nice and Dodgers part-owner Magic Johnson mentioned “he had a voice and a way of storytelling that made you think he was only talking to you.”

The rawest feelings have been on the Dodgers tv and radio airwaves.

Former Dodgers outfielder and longtime radio analyst Rick Monday’s voice cracked as he delivered the information through the radio broadcast.

“For those of us that were touched by him, listened to him and learned from him,” Monday mentioned, “this is a deep loss.”

Throughout SNLA’s postgame present, former Dodger pitcher and present tv analyst Orel Hershiser was holding again tears.

“It’s really hard,” he mentioned, “because it’s a portion of your life that you don’t want to lose.”

Because the Dodgers went on to beat the Giants 9-5 on Tuesday, Davis spent the previous few innings weaving in tales about Scully. He shared how Scully fell in love with the game, his rise because the voice of the Dodgers, and his impression on different broadcasters. He recalled his first interplay with Scully in 2015, how he ignored two calls from him as a result of he didn’t acknowledge the telephone quantity. Then he listened to the voicemail. It was Scully introducing himself.

“Everybody feels like they knew him and so many people grew up listening to him and learned baseball from him,” Davis mentioned. “So, I felt a responsibility to all those people to, however tough it may be, understand that it’s just as tough for them and to try and kind of be, I guess, the steady voice like Vin had been for so many people for so long.”

Ultimately, after the Dodgers secured the ultimate out, they shaped their handshake strains on the sphere with a sobering graphic on the videoboard above. It was a photograph of Scully within the sales space. 1927-2022.