Dodgers Remember Vin Scully With Perfect Blue Heaven Homage

It was deafening. It was inconsistent. It was perfect.

Los Angeles said goodbye to Vin Scully’s trademark greeting.

With five words that formed Vin Scullysigned, Los Angeles commemorated him in the sky of Dodger Stadium.

“Now, 50,000 Dodgers fans, get up on your feet,” he urged. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts from the middle of the infield early Friday evening. “On the count of three, yell as loud as you can, Mr. White. Vin can hear us from Blue Heaven!”

One two Three.

And then from the depths of their sadness, from their lungs, a greeting burst forth from the heart of the most powerful connection in the history of this city.

“It’s time for the Dodger baseball!!!”

It sounded pretty crazy. It sounded pretty great.

All in all, it was a fitting poetic conclusion to a poignant tribute to Scully, the Dodgers’ longtime announcer. who died on Tuesday at the age of 94.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts tips his hat in appreciation to Dodgers announcer Vin Scully.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts raises his cap to Dodgers announcer Vin Scully after speaking at Friday’s pre-game ceremony.

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staging during Friday opening weekend series with the San Diego Padres, it was Dodgers first chance to honor Scully in front of his beloved fans after his death. Given that he was unwaveringly secretive and overly modest, this probably served as his only public memorial service.

If so, then the Dodgers did the right thing by mixing a moment of silence with an emotional video wrapped around an opening banner and punctuated by that compelling final cheer.

It was all so sweet that perhaps even the always respectful Scully would have liked it. Or maybe he would just chuckle and endure it. In any case, he foresaw it.

“Vin, if he’s looking down on us right now, hates being noticed,” Roberts said in his pre-game crowd address. “Well, it will be very inconvenient for him. Because he really deserves this moment right now.”

A photo of Vin Scully was shown on a big screen at Dodger Stadium during Friday's pre-game ceremony.

A photo of Vin Scully was shown on a big screen at Dodger Stadium during Friday’s pre-game ceremony. Scully, the voice of the Dodgers for 67 years, died in August. 2 at the age of 94.

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The celebration of life began long before the game, covering almost every corner of 1000 Vin Scully Ave.

Outside, Dodger Stadium’s welcome sign was strewn with flowers, balloons, caps and T-shirts, all grouped under a framed homemade sign.

“God acquires Vin Scully from the Los Angeles Dodgers.”

Inside, fans roamed the halls paying homage to various photographs and memorabilia of Vin Scully, including queuing up to two dozen people to have their photo taken in front of a sign marking Vin Scully’s press box.

Dodgers fans watch a video of Vin Scully's life ahead of Friday's game at Dodger Stadium.

Dodgers fans watch a video of Vin Scully’s life ahead of Friday’s game at Dodger Stadium.

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Albert Gonzalez, a 52-year-old man from San Pedro, stood patiently in this line, his voice filled with memories.

“I grew up with Vin Scully, listening to him since I was 5 years old, listening to him with my dad,” Gonzalez said. “Losing him is like losing your voice, it’s like losing your best friend, he was always in your living room, always in your car, he was everywhere.”

That night Scully was everywhere again.

The entrance to the press box was decorated with flowers. Down the left field line, next to his outdated microphone, were the flowers that hang on the facade next to Jaime Jarrin’s outdated microphone and the other Dodgers’ outdated 11 numbers.

After the second half, a video board showed Scully singing “Wind Beneath My Wings” to fans after his last home game. During the fifth inning kiss cam, there was a beautiful video of Scully making out with wife Sandy, who died in 2021.

Dodgers starting pitcher Tony Gonsolin raises his cap in front of the press box in honor of Vin Scully.

Dodgers starting pitcher Tony Gonsolin raises his cap in front of the press box in tribute to Vin Scully before his start against the Padres.

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Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner wears a cap as a tribute to legendary broadcaster Vin Scully.

Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner wears a cap as he pays tribute to legendary broadcaster Vin Scully during Friday’s pre-game ceremony.

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The video board at other times during the night featured pensive faces from fans telling their favorite stories about Vin Scully or answering trite questions to which Scully was the obvious answer.

It’s as if Dodger Stadium has become a gigantic funeral parlour, populated by T-shirt-clad, mournful hot dogs.

One of the most popular T-shirts, of course, was the inscription “Scully 67”.

“He’s the link, the link between the fans and the organization,” Roberts said of Scully before the game. “Look at 60 years of Dodger baseball, players change, teams change, but he was one constant. Every night when you turned on the game, you constantly heard his voice.

Dodgers fan Angie Varella holds a replica microphone during Friday's Vin Scully memorial ceremony before the game.

Dodgers fan Angie Varella holds a replica microphone during Friday’s Vin Scully memorial ceremony before the game.

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Angie Varella holds a replica microphone during Friday's memorial service for Vin Scully.

Angie Varella holds a replica microphone during Friday’s memorial service for Vin Scully.

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Roberts added: “He was a conduit for many to share stories, paint pictures, play games. He was a kind of thread.”

At some point during the ceremony before the game, Scully literally turned into a thread.

You may remember that during his last home game in 2016, Scully hung a banner near his booth saying “I’m going to miss you!”

On Friday, the Dodgers finally got a chance to give a proper answer: a new banner, unveiled by commentators Joe Davis and Eagle Hershizer, in exactly the same place as the old one.

“Fin – we will miss you! (signed) Dodger Fans,” it said.

“He understood that the game was about the players and the fans in the stands, he kind of didn’t want to be the star of the show,” Roberts said. “The cast of characters is always changing, but that’s about the game.”

TV hosts Eagle Hershizer (left) and Joe Davis unfurl a banner honoring Vin Scully.

TV hosts Eagle Hershizer (left) and Joe Davis unfurl a banner honoring Vin Scully.

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But Friday night, for once, it was about Scully, whose place in Dodger history was sealed by Roberts and supported by thousands.

“He was one of the greatest, if not the greatest, Dodgers of all time,” Roberts said.

Interestingly, during the night, on various occasions, two statues of Jackie Robinson and Sandy Koufax at Dodger Stadium were shown on the videoboard.

Does this mean a statue of Scully could be next? It should be next. In terms of impact on the franchise and society, Scully is unquestionably the greatest dodger in Los Angeles.

Heck, the Dodgers could even save on his lettering.

They can do it in five words.