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Scully’s choice not to do playoffs painful but justified


Dodgers at Yankees, 4:05 p.m.
Howie Kendrick, 1B
Justin Turner, DH
Corey Seager, SS
Yasiel Puig, RF
Adrián González, 1B
Carlos Ruiz, C
Kiké Hernández, CF
Rob Segedin, RF
Chase Utley, 2B
(Julio Urías, P)

By Jon Weisman

Vin Scully’s confirmation to Bill Shaikin of the Times that he won’t broadcast any playoff games is shocking to many, but he’s been clear for a while about the significance of his final day, October 2.

… He then connected the day he was walking home from school and heard about a World Series game that cemented him as a baseball fan (a Giants fan at the time, to be honest) and changed his life.

“That little boy saw that World Series linescore — October 2, 1936,” Scully said. “My last game, my wonderful last game after 67 years with the ballclub, will be against the San Francisco Giants. It will be October the 2nd, 2016. Exactly 80 years from when that little kid saw that Giants score.” …

Similar to his choice not to participate in any network postseason broadcasts at this point of his life, Vin is deservedly ending his career on his terms.

If there’s any upside to this, it’s that for all of us privileged to be in his audience, the firm departure date allows the focus to be on saying goodbye to Vin, rather than having that parting diluted by playoff triumph or tragedy.

It’s going to be indescribably difficult to say farewell to Vin Scully, and I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t want one more game with him, one more inning, one more pitch. But if you think about it it — no surprise — Vin is right.


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  1. I would be fine if the Dodgers treated Vin to a replay of the game from 80 years ago. A 18-4 Dodger win over the Giants.

  2. Except for those of us in the LA area without access to Time Warner and their exclusive Dodger sports channel. Vin was the voice of baseball for my entire life, and he passes without so much as a how do ya do from those of us caught up in the financials of baseball. And no one cares.

  3. Yes, I just wanted to thank Time Warner for totally screwing up viewership for the Angelenos of the Dodgers. I want to especially thank them for not coming up with a plan for Vinny’s last year so that EVERYBODY could watch the Dodger broadcaster in his farewell experience. Thanks for the memories Time Warner……

  4. I’ve heard so many of my friends say that the greatest day of their lives was when their first child was born. The greatest day of my life was the day I got rid of Time Warner Cable.

  5. Vinny’s right, The Dodgers ain’t what they used to be! I remember watching them for free on channel 11, the away games and at dodger Stadium when they sold out. The new ownership could still do that if they wanted, but all they want is money, money, money!
    malley Family please buy them back!

    • Way back in 1957 the O’Malleys were pioneers in trying to establish pay-for-view of Dodger home games in Brooklyn and later when they moved to LA, but were stymied by technology and regulatory issues. In LA no games were televised until they finally relented to broadcast road games, but only in SF.. Home games were blacked out for the first 11 years in LA.

  6. on september 23, 2016, ktla will be be broadcasting the games that weekend and the final games of the year in san francisco. on the 23th it will include the tribute to vin. i am not sure about the rest of the week end with the tributes but i do know that it will be shown on the 23rd.

  7. Not that I’m a fan of Time Warner..but, really..the Dodgers must take the heat on this one. They grabbed the Big Bucks and sold us Fans out, period! Obviously there was no agreement on how and to whom TV games would be available. If the Dodgers really cared about their fans, they would have made sure that ALL
    fans would have a chance to view their telecasts. No, they took the money and ran, putting lots of bucks into today’s Dodger media unlike the great traditions of the O’Malleys. I long for the Good ‘ol days of Vinny & Jerry on KTTV!

    • The O’Malleys blacked out home games for the first 11 years and only allowed road games in SF. Since Time Warner paid big bucks, it’s reasonable that the Dodgers felt that they would try to get a return on their investment. Hasn’t worked out, but fans haven’t been timid in giving the Dodgers heat.

  8. If you live in Los Angeles you will be able to watch the game because it’ll be on channel 5. The whole series against the Giants will be on channel 5 & the weekend series against the Rockies will be on there too.

    And I don’t subscribe to Time Warner but they offered arbitration to all the other cable and satellite companies saying they’ll stick to whatever is decided and all the other companies have ignored them. Even the companies like Direct TV who have channels that they make Time Warner pay for.

  9. oldbrooklynfan

    It’s hard to think that the Dodger games will soon miss the sound of Vin Scully.

  10. Vin and Jerry were,and still are baseball to me. As a kid I can remember playing ball on those summer nights with only a big porch light to help us see.along with my transistor radio. I remember listening to Vin call those Dodger games from L.A. with that beautriful voice of his. He was a huge part of my life, what a voice, what a story teller, what a man. I will sorely miss him, it’s like a part of my life is leaving. God Bless you and keep you Vin

  11. If the Dodger Brand looked generic from the 1998 Season ,all the way up to now. their broadcasts are going to sound generic ,too, after the 2016 season

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