With legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully set to retire at season’s end, opposing teams realize he will be calling their games for the final time when they visit Dodger Stadium.
For many players, that hits home pretty strongly as there was no greater honor than knowing Scully was on the call when they were on the field. That’s the level of respect Scully has earned from generations upon generations of players, and it continues now in his 67th and final season.
One player who really appreciates Scully though happens to be Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper. That’s because Harper listened to Scully’s classic calls and unforgettable stories many a night while growing up in Las Vegas. He especially wanted to say thank you for always making baseball fun for the home viewers, and he got that chance before Washington’s series finale in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
Harper, along with Nationals manager Dusty Baker, paid Scully a surprise visit in his broadcast booth hours before the game’s first pitch. The men exchanged pleasantries, talked baseball and even posed for photos. Above all, they expressed their respect for one another, with Harper taking it the extra mile in this heartfelt Instagram post.
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I remember growing up turning on the television and or radio broadcast hearing the amazing and wonderful voice of Mr. Scully talking not only about the players numbers or how they were doing that year, but the stories of life and beyond that! He will not only forever be part of the @dodgers, but also all around the game of baseball..Thank you for the memories and all the incredible things you taught people on and off the air! 🙌🏼 Thank you Vin #Legend #Dodgers #MLB
It can’t be said any better than that.
Vin Scully is the defining voice of baseball, and it’ll be many more generations before someone else can build the credibility and the respect that’s required to be mentioned in the same breath.
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