LOS ANGELES — Dodgers manager Dave Roberts concluded a pregame celebration honoring Vin Scully with a run through the crowd of Scully’s famous line, “It’s time for Dodgers MLB.”
Scully, who was a Dodgers fan for 67 years and retired as a retiree in 2016, passed away Tuesday at the age of 94.
A beautiful blue sky hid a moment of silence at Dodger Stadium Friday. It was followed by a video narrated and accompanied by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole's memorable rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Dodgers broadcaster Charley Steiner.
Scully once described beautiful nights as “a cotton candy canopy with a canopy full of blue.” He was the music of Dodgers baseball games for generations and a master storyteller.
Roberts claimed that Scully wouldn’t like all the attention.
Roberts explained that Vin was looking down at us right now because he didn't like the spotlight. He deserves this moment, although it is going be very difficult. Vin was a true gentleman, with integrity, class and character. Vin wasn't a Dodger. He loved the game that we all love, and care about: baseball.
Dodgers andDuring the ceremony, players stood at the first- and second-base lines.
Scully held a banner at his booth, which read “I'll miss” as he called his final Dodger Stadium game in 2016.
Scully said to the crowd that they were more important than him. His last visit to Dodger Stadium came on June 9, 2021.
Later in the ceremony, the Dodgers assembled at the mound to take a photo with the broadcast booth behind them. The broadcasters Joe Davis, and Orel Hershiser (ex-Dodger) unveiled a new banner that said, “Vin. We'll miss you.”
When the video ended with Scully waving in the field with a rainbow behind, fans stood up and gave an enthusiastic applause.
The umpires met at home plate, looked up to the broadcast booth, and raised their glasses in recognition of Scully. Dodger starterDo the same thing from the mound.