LOS ANGELES — Dodgers manager Dave Roberts ended a pregame ceremony honoring broadcaster Vin Scully by leading the crowd through a chorus of Scully’s famous line, “It’s time for Dodger baseball.”
Scully, who called Dodgers games for 67 years and retired in 2016, died Tuesday at age 94.
Behind a beautiful blue sky, there was a moment of silence at Dodger Stadium on Friday for the lovable Scully, followed by a video narrated by Dodgers broadcaster Charley Steiner and accompanied by Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole’s memorable rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. .”
Scully once described a beautiful night as “a cotton candy heaven with a canopy of blue.” He was the soundtrack to baseball games for generations of Dodgers fans and a master storyteller.
Roberts said Scully wouldn’t have liked all the attention.
“Vin, since he’s looking down on us now, well, he hated the spotlight on him,” Roberts said. “Well, this is going to be a really awkward moment right now, but he deserves it. Vin was a man of character, integrity and class, a true gentleman. He wasn’t just a Dodger. He loved the baseball game we all love and care.”
Players from Dodgers and San Diego Padres lined the lines of first and third base during the ceremony.
When Scully held his final game at Dodger Stadium in 2016, a banner hung from his booth that read, “I’ll miss you.”
Scully told the crowd that he needed them much more than they needed him. His last visit to Dodger Stadium was on June 9, 2021.
Later in the ceremony, the Dodgers gathered at the mound for a photo with the broadcast booth in the background. There was a new banner, unveiled by broadcasters Joe Davis and former Dodger Orel Hershiser, that read, “Vin, we’ll miss you.”
Fans gave a standing ovation when the video ended with a photo of Scully waving from the field with a rainbow behind him.
The umpires gathered at home plate and looked up at the broadcast booth and weaned their caps in Scully’s honor. Dodgers starter Tony Gonsolin did the same from the mound.
The Dodgers won 8-1.