Vin Scully resting at home with cold

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Pirates at Dodgers, 1:10 p.m.
Kershaw CXVIII: Kershawmazing Grace
Dee Gordon, SS
Mark Ellis, 2B
Matt Kemp, CF
Andre Ethier, RF
Juan Rivera, LF
James Loney, 1B
Juan Uribe, 3B
A.J. Ellis, C
Clayton Kershaw, P

The Dodgers’ home opener celebrates the 50th anniversary of Dodger Stadium and the exciting 1962 team, but it will be missing a central component. This morning, the Dodgers announced that Vin Scully is resting at home with a bad cold and will miss today’s game. I know everyone is wishing him the fastest and easiest possible recovery, while being relieved he is putting his health first rather than trying to gut it out.

And, as we all know, Vin would want the rest of us to have a fun, exciting and responsible home opener. So here’s to a great day.

  • Anonymous

    I first saw this news in an alert on my iPhone.  When I saw the alert started off with “Vin Scully…” I have to admit I thought the worst.  One of my biggest fears is seeing that he has passed.  I’ve always felt like it would be losing a close family member.  Ok, sorry for that terrible thought.  Get well soon Vin.  We love ya!

  • Anonymous

    Has Vin ever missed a home opener?

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    From AP: Scully, who joined the Dodgers in 1950 and is the dean of major league baseball broadcasters, was preparing to announce the Masters golf tournament in 1977 when he last missed the team’s home opener. He did announce the Dodgers’ games at San Diego this season.

  • http://profiles.google.com/michaelgreen327 Michael Green

    You may remember the time he wound up in the ER when he passed out at home.  He was dealing with a cold he caught from his grandchildren and their preschool.  So, clearly, we need to isolate Vin and keep him well!

  • Anonymous

    So who’s calling it?

    • Anonymous

      Steiner and Lyons on TV. Monday on radio.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Bartholomew/1467188022 Bob Bartholomew

        Yikes!

      • http://twitter.com/DPereslete Dane Pereslete

        Is Monday gonna attempt all 9 solo?

        • Anonymous

          Did not Ross do 22 all by his once???

          • http://twitter.com/DPereslete Dane Pereslete

            June 3, 1989 vs. Astros…

          • Anonymous

            Was thinking ‘Stros.

  • Anonymous

    In the 1977 home opener, Don Sutton pitched a gem except for the first pitch of the game.

    http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1977/B04070LAN1977.htm

    • Anonymous

      Compliments of Vin, I remember all the umpires in that game.

  • Anonymous

    That’s a shame.  Hopefully it’ll be a quick recovery – you know it’s tough for him to miss Opening Day, especially with Kershaw pitching.  I wonder if he thought about gutting it out for 3 innings before turning it over to the pen.

    Jon – thanks for yesterday’s links.  Your own photo series, as well as the pieces about Dodger Stadium memories and the interviews with Scully and Howard made for some very enjoyable reading. 

  • foul tip

    Vin takes himself out of the lineup because he’s not on top of his game and doesn’t want his performance quality to be affected.

    What a revolutionary concept! Could Vin become a role model for macho players who want to compete and “play through the pain” and don’t want to give up PT but won’t be upfront with management and who wind up hurting the team because their performance is, well, affected by their injury? 

    Wouldn’t be hard to think of other examples, but the first to come to mind is a certain oversize closer now pitching in the Midwest.

    • Anonymous

       Ask JD Drew how that approach worked out for him

  • http://underdog.typepad.com/ underdog

    Fun to see the ’62 guys coming out. Some of ‘em look better than others.  Very sweet scene, though.

    • Anonymous

      I once read that Marcus Giles on the 2004 Braves used to say- can you come out and play with us today?-to Drew.

  • http://underdog.typepad.com/ underdog

    I not only miss Vin Scully, I already miss Charley Steiner’s beard. Eep.

  • Anonymous

     So the Reds have locked up Phillips for another 6 years. Which, of course, brings us ever closer to the reality of there not being any free agents to be had anywhere for the next 5 or 6 years – because all the other teams are afraid of the soon-to-be spending power of the Dodgers… (Tongue firmly planted in check.)

  • foul tip

    Little if anything new as si.com takes its turn featuring female Dodger trainer Falsone–

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/baseball/mlb/04/10/sue.falsone/index.html?eref=sihp&sct=hp_bf3_a2

  • Anonymous

    Meanwhile, back at the game, a successful inning for the home team.

    • Anonymous

      And the Bucs’ sun-assisted leadoff three-bagger avails them not. Or naught. Whichever.

  • Anonymous

    Neil Walker saves a run for Pgh, or it’d be at least 2-0.

  • Anonymous

    Through 4 innings, Kershaw has 5 Ks and a pickoff. Routinely excellent.

  • Anonymous

    Uribe!!

    • KT

      even a blind squirel finds a nut every now and then…at least he found two so far today

  • Anonymous

    Nine outs to go. And the way Correia is pitching, prospects for an insurance run don’t appear bright. Gotta hope Clayton can keep it up.

    • Anonymous

      Sigh.

  • Anonymous

    Fitting that on a day honoring the 1962 Dodgers, we’re seeing a marvelous exhibition of banjo hitting. Uribe’s 3/3, but clutch hitting must’ve stayed over in San Diego.

    • Anonymous

      The 1962 Dodgers averaged 5.1 runs per game, 2nd in the NL. 

  • http://underdog.typepad.com/ underdog

    Now THAT was the Kenley Jansen we all know and love. Much better. 

    The pitching in this game overall has been terrific. The offenses have been weak but I give credit to some really good pitching. Sometimes you just have to tip your hat. That said, if Dodgers don’t make some noise here in this inning it may not happen.

  • Anonymous

    Squeethier!

    • http://underdog.typepad.com/ underdog

      Hehe, that’s my line! ;)  

      Yes, a BIRTHDAY BLAST!   Not the smart pitch to throw Andre, thankyouverymuch.

      • Anonymous

        Happy 30th to Dre!

    • KT

      DRE!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    An inning to late in terms of providing a lead for Kershaw – but I’ll take it!

    • http://underdog.typepad.com/ underdog

      I’m sure Kershaw would happily take a win. :)  He’s got money coming, and doesn’t play fantasy baseball. So he’ll be okay.   Please don’t blow this birthday game for Ethier (and us), Javy.

  • Anonymous

    There’s no music in that montage! How will I be able to understand the highlights without the supporting music?

    • http://underdog.typepad.com/ underdog

      I had it on mute, anyway. Guess I didn’t miss anything. I wasn’t confused, but that may have been because I wasn’t watching it either.

  • Anonymous

    Exa-bloody-lente!

  • Anonymous

    WP – Jansen LP- Grilli S-Guerra BS – Rivera

  • Anonymous

    Let’s pile up these wins in April!

  • Anonymous

    “…for the DODGER…double play!” – Ross Porter

    • Anonymous

      I would hope that a 50 year anniversary would include remembering Ross and Jerry.

  • Anonymous

    Happy, happy, happy!

  • http://underdog.typepad.com/ underdog

    Sweet! Tailor-made DP. Well-done.  

  • Anonymous

    Nice! Is Dre actually happy? What’s happening?

    • Anonymous

      He sure looked happy when he returned to the dugout. So did his teammates. And then he took a curtain call from an overjoyed crowd.

  • Anonymous

    Jansen and Guerra are a great 1-2 punch.  As much as we love Jansen’s stuff, Guerra just keeps getting outs and saves.  As long as one of them are facing the best hitters on the other side, we’re good to go.

  • Anonymous

    Missed the game, but it’s on my DVR. I’m really liking this 1-2 punch (or is it 8-9?) of Jansen and Guerra. Not too scary with the first names though… Kenley and Javy… what are they, Teletubbies? Watch out, League, here come those Teletubbies to save the day, Kenley and Javy!

  • KT

    Just caught up (didn’t realize the early start time)…it was a feel good game…as winnipeg Dave says….keep piling up those April wins…makes the dog days of summer that much easier to take

  • Anonymous

    Vin Scully is probably out for the rest of the Pirates series.

    • http://underdog.typepad.com/ underdog

      Rats. Can they call up an announcer from the minors? I’m sure they’d be am improvement over the vets the currently have on the broadcast bench.

  • Anonymous

    So Kemp tied a Dodger record for most consecutive games with a RBI. Campanella we all know and love, but I confess to being a slacker – I don’t recall hearing of Augie Galan before. A quick check of Baseball Reference reveals he was a fairly decent player for the Dodgers from 1941-1946. He had a OPS+ of 142 during his years in Brooklyn…

    • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

       Nearly a late add to the Top 50 Dodger list.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001115617053 Troy Sexton

    The highlight of todays game for me was Adam Kennedy’s bouncing bounder base hit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001115617053 Troy Sexton

    ….followed by a close 2nd to Juan Uribe’s 3rd blistering single of the game.

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    NPUT

  • Ian Skoblick

    Vinny, I hope you get better soon!  You are the best.