Three days after news of the death of Vin Scully was reported, Dodger Stadium finally got its chance to say goodbye to the titan of baseball broadcasting that spent so many decades in its broadcasting booth.
Ahead of Friday’s showdown with the San Diego Padres, the Dodgers held a ceremony celebrating Scully’s life and career, starting with a moment of silence before airing a video obituary looking back on some of the broadcaster’s finest moments.
After a montage featuring “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” sung by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole, the current inhabitants of the Dodger Stadium broadcasting booth, Joe Davis and Orel Hershiser, unveiled a banner reading “Vin-We’ll miss you!”
The ceremony ended the only way it could, with Dodgers manager Dave Roberts leading the stadium in a mass “It’s time for Dodger baseball.”
There have been many, many tributes to Scully across teams, cities and even sports, but the most impactful was always going to come at Chavez Ravine.
Scully’s career preceded Dodger Stadium, as he came over to Los Angeles with the team in its move to Brooklyn alongside partner Jerry Doggett. He would eventually start calling games solo, becoming a Los Angeles institution while calling other sports as well.
After 67 years of broadcasting, Scully retired in 2016. He finished his career in memorable fashion when utility infielder Charlie Culberson hit a walk-off home run to clinch an NL West title, a few hours after the entire Dodgers lineup tipped their helmets to the broadcast booth.
By the time he died, both the Dodger Stadium press box and the road leading into the stadium from Sunset Boulevard bore Scully’s name. You can only wonder if a statue is next.