When the Los Angeles Dodgers came into Sunday with a chance to clinch the National League West during Vin Scully’s final home game, it seemed as though the stage was set for a storybook ending.
The Dodgers did not disappoint, winning the game and clinching the division on a dramatic walk-off home run in the 10th inning. With that, Vin Scully left the the world of baseball with yet another legendary highlight. It was a fitting end to a tremendous 67-year broadcasting career.
Here’s a transcript of Scully calling Charlie Culberson’s 10th inning walk-off home run:
“Tenth inning, 3-3. Dodgers and Rockies. 0-1 to Charlie. Swung on, a high fly ball to deep left field [unintelligible] Would you believe a home run? And the Dodgers have clinched the division, and will celebrate on schedule.”
At that point, Scully, as he’s done so many times throughout his tremendous career, remained silent, allowing the Dodgers’ fans take over the moment. Even during the call, there was a moment where you couldn’t hear Scully over the roar of the fans.
Though the game had ended, Scully still had work to do. Before leaving Dodgers Stadium, Scully addressed the fans, telling them “I’ve needed you far more than you’ve needed me.”
Vin Scully’s goodbye to baseball:pic.twitter.com/UBt7rsR1Or
— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) September 25, 2016
Following that moment, the PA system at Dodgers Stadium played a version of “Wind Beneath My Wings” with Scully singing the lyrics. As this unfolded, Scully stood and listened from the broadcast booth with his wife Sandra.
Vin Scully asks stadium if it’s OK to play ‘Wind Beneath my Wings.’ He stands by his wife listening. Cool moment. pic.twitter.com/FVlkcHGqjv
— Simon Kaufman (@sjkauf) September 26, 2016
All the while, the division-champion Dodgers stood on the field waving and saluting Scully.
All in all, it was the perfect way to close out a legendary career. Scully, who has made a living out of perfectly capturing big moments, got to do it one more time before walking into the sunset. It was a storybook ending for a man who has called so many of those over the past 67 years.
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