Vin Scully is celebrating his 65th season as a Dodgers broadcaster and the team really rolled out the red carpet to officially welcome him back to his home booth at Dodger Stadium.
In an epic pregame ceremony before Friday's home opener, Scully was driven into the stadium from center field on the back of a 1965 Mustang convertible in much the same fashion we saw when he served as grand marshal of the Tournament of Roses Parade in January. Scully waved to fans as he took half a lap around the ballpark before preparing for his biggest assignment of the day: throwing out the ceremonial first pitch to Dodgers' legend Sandy Koufax.
As one might expect when Vin Scully is involved, this wasn't your ordinary first pitch. At 86-years-old, rearing back and firing (or even soft tossing) from the mound or anywhere near it wasn't really an option, so Scully improvised and created a moment that will be even more memorable by simply standing in front of home plate and hand delivering the baseball to Koufax.
The moment was then sealed with a hug between old friends.
That's pretty awesome, but it pales in comparison to Scully's explanation of the moment later in the broadcast.
"They asked me to throw out the ball today because of all my years, etc. And they had Sandy Koufax to catch my pitch. And the more I thought about it, the more I thought no way is this weak left-handed hacker gonna throw a ball to be caught by the great Sandy Koufax, one of the best left-hander's we ever saw. So, with the help of the grand-kids, I wound up where my little mound was directly in front of home plate and I just handed the ball to Sandy."
Always the best.
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