Enjoying Dodger Stadium from a new vantage point, legendary broadcaster Vin Scully surprised Thursday’s sellout crowd before Game 5 of the National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs.
In his first game at Dodger Stadium since retiring after 67 years in the booth, Scully stood in a suite, held a microphone and told the crowd, “It’s time for Dodger baseball!”
Fans in Los Angeles, as well as the players on the field, gave Scully a standing ovation for returning to give the familiar pregame words.
Scully’s last home game was Sept. 25, a storybook ending for the longtime broadcaster in which the Dodgers won on a 10th-inning home run that also lifted them to the NL West crown. The 88-year-old called his final Dodgers game Oct. 2 as Los Angeles concluded its regular season in San Francisco. Fittingly, the Giants were Scully’s favorite team as a child, and he became fixated on the team when he attended Game 2 of the 1936 World Series, when the club was still located in New York. The game was held exactly 80 years before he would call his final game.
“I have said enough for a lifetime, and for the last time, I wish you a very pleasant good afternoon,” Scully said as he signed off earlier this month.
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