Baseball fans — especially Los Angeles Dodgers fans — need to get all they can of Vin Scully for the remainder of the regular season. While the Dodgers are cruising towards a postseason berth, the legendary announcer has made it known that his career will end with Los Angeles’ regular season finale on October 2nd against the San Francisco Giants.
This is Scully’s reasoning on the matter:
“Otherwise, I’d be saying goodbye like in grand opera, where you say goodbye 12 different times,” Scully said, per Bill Shaikin of The Los Angeles Times. “I’m going to say goodbye at Dodger Stadium the last game with Colorado. I will say goodbye in San Francisco. And then that will be it.”
This certainly makes some sense. Should the Dodgers make the playoffs, their season could end during any series and they may end up facing multiple elimination games within a series. So, it would be hard for Scully to make a grand farewell in the playoffs without knowing exactly which game will be the last one.
On the other hand, it’s hard to imagine a Los Angeles playoff finale that doesn’t feature at least one call from Scully. Whether we’re talking about another early elimination, a Dodgers’ World Series win or anything in between, it won’t seem quite right if we can’t hear a call of Scully’s.
With that said, Scully has certainly earned the right to go out on his own terms on the day of his choosing.
Scully’s final game in Los Angeles will be on Sunday, September 25 against the Colorado Rockies.
The Dodgers will then head south to take on the San Diego Padres for three games before finishing against the rival Giants from September 30-October 2nd.