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The Artful Dodger

A toast to Vin Scully's amazing run

by Greg Asimakoupoulos
September 30, 2016

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The Artful Dodger

There's a movie about Sully,
but a sportscaster named Scully
has me pondering my childhood
and the Dodgers games he's called.

His descriptions were a work of art.
Vin Scully (from the very start)
could paint with words and bring to life
what happened on the field.

Mr. Baseball has been in the booth
before I boasted my first tooth.
I grew up listening to him
and grew to love his voice.

But Vinnie's voice will soon be stilled
and knowing that gives me a chill.
It's hard to watch the greats move on
because it's time to go.

So here's to you, my childhood friend.
Your legacy will never end.
You taught us how to love the game
describing what you saw.

* Vincent Edward "Vin" Scully will turn eighty-nine on November 29th. He has been broadcasting Dodgers games since 1950. This weekend he concludes his celebrated career. When I saw my very first major league baseball game in the early 1960s in Candlestick Park, the San Francisco Giants were hosting the Los Angeles Dodgers. Vin Scully was in the broadcast booth calling the play-by-play for the Dodgers. Ironically, this weekend Scully is in San Francisco for his very last broadcast as his Dodgers play the Giants.

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