For the first time in my recollection...

Monday, April 03, 2017

For the first time in my recollection...


...the Los Angeles (née Brooklyn) Dodgers opened a baseball season without the incomparable Vin Scully anouncing the game to his devoted radio and television audiences.

Thanks to the "World Wide Leader in Sports," I was able to watch most of the Dodgers... my Dodgers... opening day demolition of their neighbors down the Coast, beat­ing the San Diego Padres, 14-3 behind a masterful performance by the great Clayton Kershaw and a barrage of home runs including a grand slam from hit-or-whiff Joc Pederson and one from each side of the plate from Yasmani Grandal.

Because the cablecast was by ESPN, the audience was subjected to ESPN announcers, and they were uniformly dreadful, their voices in low energy monotones even when they were clowing around with one another instead of focussing on the activities on the field.

(Clearly students of the execrable Jon Miller style of broadcasting!)

The game won't be the same without the mellifluous and informed tones of Scully behind a microphone... I'll miss his presence mightily.

But the Dodgers... my Dodgers... are playing and I'll have to make do with that.


1. Fjmarkowitz said...

Vin will be missed; I have the MLB radio package a few years and he was the best.

Dean, I think in the West we will return to the 1960s when the Dodgers and Jints chased each other, usually with you guys winning. Should be fun, long season.

I love baseball on the radio, it's the perfect medium for the game.

I've been v-e-r-y disappointed with what I've heard from the TV announcers so far this season... they bring nothing to the game, and sound as if they're totally disinterested in what's happening on the field. There are no Mel Allens or Red Barbers or Ernie Harwells... and damn sure no Vin Scullys! Harry Caray was a clown, but by Gawd he was entertaining!
– Dean

2. Hampton West said...

I have a memory of Red Barber - he was doing Yankee games, maybe later 1950s. It's a hot as hell July night, my father (Yankee fan), is working on his third Ballantine Ale, and the Yanks are playing the Washington Senators at Griffith Park. Its maybe the 4th inning, and the Yanks are winning 10-2. The Nats have two hits, both homers by Roy Sievers. The Nats go down 1-2-Sievers homer, out 3 in the bottom of the 4th and Red goes, "at the end of four, its the Yanks 10 and Sievers 2. There is no Washington team." My old man laughed and the memory has stuck with me all these years.

Listening to Vin Scully was a treat, there is no one like him out there.

Roy Sievers! There's a name... passed away earlier this week, age 90. Had a career year for the Senators in 1957: 42 HRs, 114 RBIs, .301 Average, but finished third in the MVP race to Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams. One paid a price for playing in Washington, as usual, last in the America League.

3. Hampton West said...

One more: as a kid I listened to AM radio and "DX'ed" way out of town stations, especially in the Summer when the Ionosphere was active. So I could bring in KMOX radio and Harry Caray, circa 1963, and listen to Cardinal games. Of course it faded in and out but for the most part it worked. Man, gone are the days of those voices.

I think the best in the business working today is Gary Thorne, who calls games for the Baltimore Orioles. He's terrific at hockey as well and much smoother than Doc Emerick, a hysteric who reminds me of Bill Stern back in the '40s.
– Dean

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