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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.