Baseball Withdrawal Antidote: Vin Scully Singing

Whenever there is a resounding support of a person, place, or thing — an almost universal appreciation — there inevitably comes the backlash. The collection of people who — due to lack of parental love or proper medication, perhaps — find a need to attempt to take something down, to curtail the fire hose of love being applied to said person, place, or thing. They look down and scowl at all the people looking up and smiling. They tamper with the lug nuts on the bandwagon.

I have yet to see that happen to Vin Scully. He gets mentioned a fair deal in this dank corner of the Internet. Certainly, he’s not every single person’s favorite broadcaster — in fact, there may actually be one person on Earth who doesn’t care for him — but he’s managed to avoid the pitfalls that bacon and American Idol and Carson Cistulli could not. People never got sick of him, or his hype. Even people who say they hate Vin Scully don’t hate Vin Scully. They hate themselves.

Vin Scully is famous enough that he could have just walked in to Wrigley Field this day, wheezed some words, and everybody would’ve gone crazy. He pays tribute to Harry Caray in both name and action. He sings — really sings. He modulates his voice to approximate the necessary pitches and he enunciates the words. He gives a flying fuck. This song and what it represents is too important to the game and that ballpark and to him to be half-assed.

It will be a while before we hear Vin Scully again, and soon it will be forever. I can’t help the latter. But perhaps attempting to truncate the former will help us all trudge through the snowbanks of this off-season. Just step in the old foot holes. It will make it easier.

(h/t to Joe_TOC)




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David G. Temple is the Managing Editor of TechGraphs and a contributor to FanGraphs, NotGraphs and The Hardball Times. He hosts the award-eligible podcast Stealing Home. Dayn Perry once called him a "Bible Made of Lasers." Follow him on Twitter @davidgtemple.


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Saguenay Harry
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2 years 8 months ago

In that category you also have one Tommy Lasorda, who led the room in a special Christmas carol of “Take me out to the Ball Game” yesterday at our holiday party. He also told the funniest damn joke I’ve heard in a while, which is what usually happens. Even Doug Rau would praise Lasorda’s charity, humor, humility, adoring marriage and loyalty.

Scully and Lasorda make me weep for a world without them (and I’m no Dodger fan).

Saguenay Harry
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2 years 8 months ago

Saguenay Harry is a blog comment writer, was the KALX radio host who played In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida or Moby Dick whilst smoking out back, is a St. Croix County slumlord and was hit by a drunk University of Minnesota student at 10am a while ago. He disagrees that bacon has met pitfall.

Brandon Firstname
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2 years 8 months ago

“It will be a while before we hear Vin Scully again, and soon it will be forever.”

Now you got me all emotional, David.

Jay29
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Jay29
2 years 8 months ago

Gawd I love Vin Scully. I think if I were a Dodger fan I would not allow anything to ever interfere with my enjoying every inning called by Vin.

Bryz
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2 years 8 months ago

WITHDRAWAL

#CrankyBryz

AC of DC
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AC of DC
2 years 8 months ago

Here I thought he meant it as a pun, like: “If you’re sick of hearing baseball discussed with a drawl, here is a voice with a more northerly regional inflection to cure you,” playing on the expected reference to seasonal short supply afflicting the addicted. (Or maybe I didn’t think that, but I was willing to let it slide.)

Bryz
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2 years 8 months ago

I’ve seen it misspelled that way so many times that I assumed Temple was another victim.

MrKnowNothing
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MrKnowNothing
2 years 8 months ago

I’ve lived and died with the Giants for 30 years.

I love Vin.

eric
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eric
2 years 8 months ago

Thank you for posting the clip of Vin Scully singing, really singing, “Take me out to the ballgame” during the seventh inning stretch at Wrigley.

As well as Vin sings the song, during those first few weeks after Harry Caray’s passing (George Carlin would prefer if I said DEATH), Vin only tied for the best rendition: Harry Kalas, the long-time Philadelphia Phillies broadcaster sang beautifully, as well.

Now I’ve got to shovel 3 inches of snow.

BurleighGrimes
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BurleighGrimes
2 years 7 months ago

This video is awesome. Vin Scully is awesome. I miss baseball.

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