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Vin Scully not calling games east of Arizona

Longtime Dodgers announcer Vin Scully is scaling back his broadcasting schedule and won’t call games east of Arizona this season, the team’s broadcasting schedule shows.

Scully is 84 and has called Dodgers games for 62 seasons (!!!). He pared down his traveling schedule the past few seasons by not calling games east of Colorado, but now it looks like he will no longer be making the trip for Rockies games.

Luckily the Dodgers play in the NL West and many of their games are nearby Los Angeles, so he can still do Giants, Padres, and Diamondbacks games.

Even though Scully is older and not as sharp as he used to be, most fans would agree it’s more enjoyable to hear him calling games than anyone else, so we’ll take whatever he can give us.

Vin Scully Scolds Fans Who Think All-Star Game Should Determine Home Field in W.S.

Of all the changes Bud Selig has introduced to Major League Baseball (e.g. wild card, interleague play), having the All-Star Game determine home field advantage in the World Series is by far the dumbest. I could give you all the reasons why, but it sounds much better coming from Vin Scully’s mouth.

The Dodgers announcer took offense to fans who voted 77% in favor of the All-Star Game determining home field advantage in the World Series in the nightly text message question. He went off as if he were talking about the Denver Nuggets and their tattoos. Check out what he said.

“Do you realize what you voted for? Do you realize you are taking an exhibition game and determining the home field advantage for the crown jewel of all of baseball, the World Series? Listen, you want to call in and cancel your vote? Alright, be stubborn.”

That’s not the first time Scully has lectured the fans during a telecast, but it’s no less awesome any time he does. Vin has an unrivaled historical perspective of the game and he’s recognized as the face of the Dodgers. His words carry a tremendous amount of significance, so maybe MLB will listen when he says something.

Three years ago I wrote up my suggestions to improve the MLB All-Star Game and removing the home field advantage aspect was at the top of my list. Hopefully MLB will get a clue before too much more of this nonsense goes on. Meanwhile I’m still waiting for Scully to use his powerful voice to speak out against Frank McCourt …

Vin Scully Jokes About Jack McKeon’s Lack of Twitter Knowledge (Video)

When 80-year-old Jack McKeon was named the interim manager of the Marlins, there were instant concerns that he would not be able to relate to the players like he did in the 2003 World Series year. Though he put his foot down with Hanley Ramirez, he proved his disconnect with the younger players regarding a lack of twitter knowledge. Check out this video courtesy of Sports Grid (click the close ad on the top right to watch):

Maybe McKeon doesn’t know how to operate twitter (not unlike many young friends of mine), but I’m sure he’s heard of it and was just joking. Still, there’s something humorous about hearing 83-year-old Vin Scully joke about it, even if this isn’t the first time he’s cracked jokes at someone’s expense. And if you’re wondering how the subject even came up during the Dodgers-Tigers telecast, a producer or assistant must have shared the tweet Logan Morrison sent out after Tuesday’s game.

Morrison wrote on twitter “McKeon asked me what I had going on tonite. Told him I was going home 2 play w/ Twitter. He replied “oh, what kind of dog is it?”

The only thing that could possibly top that video is if Vin Scully had a twitter account and were following Logan Morrison with it. Now that would be a trip.

Vin Scully Extra Saucy on Telecast

Dodgers announcer Vin Scully may be getting older and his time might be ticking, but he sure hasn’t lost his edge. Sure, we’ve seen him express disgust by scolding the media and giving them a history lesson, but I don’t remember Vinny getting off as good of a one-liner like the one he got off on Wednesday. As LBS contributor Danny tipped us, Scully was talking about Joe DiMaggio’s 1941 season in which the Yankee Clipper had 621 plate appearances and struck out only 13 times while hitting .357. Vinny being Vinny related that to the Diamondbacks saying their third baseman, Mark Reynolds, strikes out that many times in batting practice. Ouch!

Reynolds of course led the majors in strikeouts each of the last two seasons, setting a Major League record with 223 last season, breaking his record set the previous year. If you thought Scully’s sauciness ended with that remark, then you were wrong. Later in the game Casey Blake came up to the plate for his fourth at-bat in the top of the 8th. Blake had struck out every time up and proceeded to do the same against Aaron Heilman, giving him the Golden Sombrero. If you thought Scully would have words of encouragement for Blake and the fans, you were wrong. In a disgusted tone, Vinny said “What do you say to a guy who strikes out four times? Don’t tell me ‘hang in there.’” I don’t know what got into Vin Scully on Wednesday night but I have to say I don’t mind his acerbic tone — especially when it gives us this type of comedy.

Vin Scully Rips Denver Nuggets for all the Tattoos

Longtime Dodgers broadcaster and franchise icon, Vin Scully, is well respected for his ability to call a game and tell stories. He’s usually known to discuss most issues in a positive light but he’s brought down the hammer of truth for certain occasions. On Monday night when the Dodgers lost to the Diamondbacks 3-2, Scully shared with the audience some thoughts of disgust. Vin was describing the tattoos of Arizona utility man Ryan Roberts who was at-bat when he got in this blast:

“Did you see as many tattooed people outside of the circus with that Denver basketball team? They must not have a drop of ink in Colorado.”

Damn Vin, tell us how you really feel. Seriously, between Chris Andersen, J.R. Smith, Kenyon Martin, Carmelo Anthony, and Anthony Carter, it’s hard not to look at the Nuggets and be immediately struck by the preponderance of body ink. Aside from the national TV ratings generated by the Lakers, the tats have to be another reason David Stern is counting his lucky stars the Lakers advanced. I’ll say this much: I had no idea Scully would even be watching any Western Conference playoff basketball. Guess he has some time on his hands during those road trips.

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Vin Scully Talks Boners, Throws Out the First Pitch

While I was searching for the video of Vin Scully throwing out the first pitch Monday at Dodger Stadium, I came across something that’s slightly more deserving of our attention. This video comes from the Dodgers’ second game of the season, a loss to the Padres on Tuesday last week. Turn up the volume for this beauty:

That “boner” jam reminds me of the time Hideo Nomo was pitching for the Dodgers and not doing too well. Scully, in one of his slips, said “And now homo is struggling.” I guess he does have a dirty mind at times. OK, now for what we all came. Here’s the southpaw from the Bronx throwing out the first pitch of the Dodgers’ first home game of the ’09 season. Skip ahead to the 1:30 mark to see the lefty fire a strike.

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Vin Scully Scolds the Media

Let me make this perfectly clear: I love Vin Scully. The man is awesome. Next to Jon Miller, Vin Scully is my favorite broadcaster. People say he’s lost some over the years and that he makes many more mistakes than he used to. My simple response: I’d rather have Vin Scully calling my game with a few slipups than some scrub ruining the game with horrendous commentary. Scully’s a legend, and there’s good reason why. He’s a story teller, he has a smooth delivery, he’s just excellent all around — he makes Dodger baseball enjoyable. And considering Scully’s always in such a jovial mood behind the mic, I was pretty surprised to hear this come out of his mouth as the telecast was returning from commercial for his usual “This Day in Baseball” appearance:

Normally on the telecast we talk about this day in baseball. I don’t mean to sound grumpy or grouchy, but I can’t believe what I didn’t hear. I listened to the news on the radio for about an hour and 15 minutes today, did not hear one word about what this day really means. June the 6th, 1944. Do the names Omaha, or Utah, Gold, Juno, Sword, do they mean anything? They’re the beaches at Normandy. Sure, today was D-Day — the invasion of Europe, when thousands of soldiers gave their lives so that we could be free. I’ll be darned if I saw any real publicity about it at all. Please don’t let that happen again next year, please.

Man, just the fact of seeing Vin turn on the serious card and not be his usual happy self was a shocker. But you know what? He’s right, and it’s great. This is part of what makes Vin great; he has a sense of culture and history that’s so much finer than most people, and he relates it to the telecasts. I hope next year, for Vin’s sake, people remember June 6th and its significance. I know I will, if not just to make sure I don’t let him down. Is there anything worse than having Vin Scully mad at you? I don’t think so.