Vin Scully broadcast his final game as the voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers the way he did every game — with consummate professionalism and a knack for telling great stories.
The 88-year-old Scully, who has been broadcasting Dodgers games since 1950, ended his 67-season career with the Giants' 7-1 win over Los Angeles at AT&T Park. While Scully was honored in several ways at the park, baseball fans everywhere tuned into the broadcast to hear the legendary broadcaster call one final game.
Before the game, the umpire crew faced the Dodgers broadcast booth and saluted Scully. During the game, there were many unexpected moments, such as when the Giants broadcasters let Scully call the action on their network in the third inning. The Giants played highlights on the scoreboard of Scully's greatest calls.
And for the seventh-inning stretch, the crowd stood, held up "Thank You Vin" signs and sang "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" while looking at Scully.
A calm Scully touched on numerous topics throughout the game, from his childhood idol (baseball great Mel Ott) to the origins of the fierce Dodgers-Giants rivalry in the 1930s.
But Scully, one of the greatest storytellers in the sport's history, saved one of his best stories for his last day on the job. Scully recounted how, on Oct. 2, 1936, he came across a line score of the 1936 World Series, and immediately fell in love with baseball.
"My first love was Oct. 2, 1936 … Today is Oct. 2, 2016," he said. "A lot of time has gone by — exactly 80 years to the minute from that day that I looked at the line score of the World Series. When I looked at the schedule and I knew I was going to retire, I thought, 'I have to do that game.' It was as if it was ordained that I would do this game. So here we are. Hope you're enjoying it, and hope I'm not interrupting you too much."
No, Vin, you never bored or interrupted us. The baseball world and sports fans shared their tributes to Scully on social media throughout the game.
After Rob Segedin flied out for the final out of the game, Scully noted how the Giants fans were going wild. Then, after recapping the final stat line of the game, he uttered his last words in the booth.
"I have said enough for a lifetime," he said. "And for the last time, I wish you all a very pleasant good afternoon."
Thanks for the memories, Vin.