LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodgers manager Dave Roberts wrapped up a pregame ceremony honoring broadcaster Ving Scully, sending the crowd past Sculley’s famous line “It’s time for Dodgers baseball. “.
Sculley, who played 67 years with the Dodgers and retired in 2016, died Tuesday at the age of 94.
Behind a beautiful blue sky, Friday’s moment of silence for the lovely Scully at Dodger Stadium followed by a memorable version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” narrated by Dodgers broadcaster Charley Steiner and accompanied by Israeli “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole ‘s video. “
Scully once described a beautiful night as a “marshmallow sky with a blue canopy”. He’s been the soundtrack to baseball games for generations of Dodgers fans and an excellent storyteller.
Roberts said Scully wouldn’t like all the attention.
“Wen, because he looks down on us right now, well, he hates the spotlight on him,” Roberts said. “Well, it’s going to be a very uncomfortable time now, but he deserves it. Wen is a man of character, integrity, taste, a true gentleman. He’s not just a Dodger. He loves us all Love and care for the game of baseball.”
During the ceremony, Dodgers and San Diego Padres players stood on the first and third base lines.
When Scully played his final game at Dodger Stadium in 2016, his booth had a banner that read, “I’ll miss you.”
Scully told the crowd that he needed them far more than they needed him. His last visit to Dodger Stadium was June 9, 2021.
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Later in the ceremony, the Dodgers gathered on the mound for a photo with the broadcast booth in the background. Broadcaster Joe Davis and ex-Dodge Aurel Heheather have launched a new banner that reads: “Vin, we will miss you.”
When the video ended, fans got a standing ovation and a photo of Sculley waving on the field with a rainbow behind him.
The umpires gathered at home plate, looked up at the broadcast booth, and saluted Sculley. Dodgers starter Tony Gonzolin did the same on the mound.