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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.