LOS ANGELES — Dodgers manager Dave Roberts concluded a pregame ceremony honoring broadcaster Vin Scully by leading the crowd through a chorus of Scully’s famous line, “It’s Dodger Baseball Time.”
Scully, who called Dodgers games for 67 years and retired in 2016, died Tuesday at the age of 94.
“It shows how much the Dodger family loves Vin,” Roberts said. “It was a special moment.”
Behind a beautiful blue sky, there was a moment of silence for the lovely Scully at Dodger Stadium on Friday, followed by video commented by Dodgers broadcaster Charley Steiner and Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole’s unforgettable rendition of “Somewhere Over the.” Rainbow” was accompanied.”
Scully once described a beautiful night as “a candyfloss sky with a blue canopy.” He was the baseball game soundtrack for generations of Dodgers fans and a master storyteller.
Roberts said Scully didn’t like all the attention.
“Vin, since he’s looking down on us right now, well, he hated being in the spotlight,” Roberts said. “Well, this is going to be a very awkward moment, but he deserves it. Vin was a man of character, integrity and class, a true gentleman. He wasn’t just a Dodger. He loved the baseball game we all love and care about.”
The Dodgers and San Diego Padres players stood at the first and third base lines during the ceremony. Los Angeles uniforms featured a circular patch on the sleeve with a mic beneath the name “VIN.” The same logo was painted on the back of the pitcher’s mound. Highlights of Scully’s career were played out throughout the game.
Some of Scully’s belongings, including his World Series rings, will be on display at the stadium this season. The “Welcome to Dodger Stadium” sign outside the stadium was covered with cards, flowers and expressions of affection from hundreds of fans.
When Scully announced his final game at Dodger Stadium in 2016, his booth hung a banner that read, “I’ll miss you.”
Scully told the crowd he needed her a lot more than they needed him. His last visit to Dodger Stadium was June 9, 2021.
Later during the ceremony, the Dodgers gathered on the hilltop for a photo with the broadcast booth in the background. There was a new banner unveiled by broadcasters Joe Davis and former Dodger Orel Hershiser that read, “Vin we’ll miss you.”
Fans gave a standing ovation as the video ended with a picture of Scully waving off the field with a rainbow behind her.
“He’s the connection, the stuff from the fans to the organization,” Roberts told fans during the ceremony. “Players change, teams are different. But he was the only constant. And so every night when you turned on the game, you heard his voice.”
The umpires gathered at home plate and looked up at the broadcast booth and doffed their caps in honor of Scully. Dodgers starter Tony Gonsolin, who never got a chance to meet Scully, did the same from the hill.
“Being able to start the ceremony today on day one was just to show my appreciation for Vin,” said Gonsolin.
The Dodgers won 8-1.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/34354480/los-angeles-dodgers-honor-vin-scully-pregame-ceremony-dodger-stadium Los Angeles Dodgers honor Vin Scully with pregame ceremony at Dodger Stadium