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Vin Scully on Veterans Day

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 9:37 am

As you would expect, this is said very well.

20 Responses to “Vin Scully on Veterans Day”

  1. Perhaps the greatest oral storyteller of our times. I miss listening to him tell stories about Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider, Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Maury Wills, Tommy Lasorda, and all of the other greats that overlapped with his amazing career.

    JVW (ee64e4)

  2. I remember going to games in the 60s, with Wills stealing bases and Koufax pitching. There may have been a PA system, but everyone had those new-fangled transistor radios tuned into Vinny. You’d hear his voice through the stadium.

    Best baseball announcer of all time.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  3. I fear to look at the replies.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  4. Why is it that so much of the excellent journalism we encoounter comes from the world of sport? The language, the emotional content, the accessibility of the story – all the characteristics of great reporting can be found in the works of the great sports broadcasters and sportswriters. Perhaps our poliical discourse would be improved if those who relay the news were required to spend a few years on radio from a press box at a stadium.

    John B Boddie (9f8361)

  5. Best baseball announcer of all time.

    Was always partial to the late, great Bob Prince. Close friend of my grandfather. If I had a buck for every time he and my father uttered, “Never underestimate the power of the Green Weenie”– could buy the Dodgers.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  6. We Atlantans are partial to Skip Carey. That guy taught me to love baseball on the radio.

    I think sports has a lot of emotion and a lot of partisanship. But we all realize that partisanship comes from where we live or who we saw or listened to at an important life moment.

    Nobody thinks their politics is a function of anything but pure sweet reason. So, while we understand why somebody might be a Mets or Phillies fan, we don’t understand why anyone might be a Bernie Bro or Trumpet or Libertarian.

    Appalled (1a17de)

  7. Sadly, announcers today are specialized. Play-by-play and “color” and such. Vin never ran out of interesting things to say.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  8. Vin Scully is a national treasure. That being said, I think he would be uncomfortable with such praise, and would rather hear that appreciation heaped upon our troops. What a great lesson he learned at an early age. Clearly, the writer of this CNN op-ed that ran a few years ago still has much to learn:

    We thank soldiers for their service because they devote themselves to protecting our freedoms, and we should. But we should also thank the media for the same reason – especially when the stakes have never been higher.

    Thank you to all of our veterans here, as well as those family members and friends who have stepped up.

    Dana (174549)

  9. AJ, how did Chip Caray become such a square?

    Harry Caray was instrumental in getting me to Cub fandom as the team built itself first as Phillies West and into intermittent contention under Dallas Green and the Tribune ownership from 82 forward. But a lot of Jack Brickhouse loyalists found Harry to be a stain, a lush a dirty old man scanning the crowd etc

    urbanleftbehind (c2e573)

  10. Vin Scully is a national treasure.

    Just what I was going to say.

    As for that quote about the media protecting our freedoms like soldiers do: Yes and no. The media can speak truth to power, but there isn’t much sacrifice required.

    norcal (b9a35f)

  11. At least there isn’t much sacrifice required in the U.S. Russia is a different story.

    norcal (b9a35f)

  12. Halsey Hall.

    mg (8cbc69)

  13. Halsey was doing a Twins game and the camera panned to a young couple wrapped in a blanket, Halsey says,” Oh what a lovely young couple, he kisses her on the strikes and she kisses him on the balls.” Silence then laughter. I think it was 1964.

    mg (8cbc69)

  14. That is hilarious, mg! It’s up there with Johnny Carson, Raquel Welch, and the cat joke.

    norcal (b9a35f)

  15. We thank soldiers for their service because they devote themselves to protecting our freedoms, and we should. But we should also thank the media for the same reason – especially when the stakes have never been higher.

    Yeah, I just don’t see myself flying the American flag on National Media Reporters Day.

    JVW (ee64e4)

  16. “I fear to look at the replies”

    He’s already hated by the usual idiots after his remarks on socialism a few years back.

    Obudman (bdc76b)

  17. ‘Holy Cow!’ A little Phil Rizzuto went a long way. The Scooter was a popular long-time TV/radio announcer for the Yankees. He called the games for 40 seasons– from ’57 to ’96– and was known for his ‘Hi, I’m Phil Rizzuto for The Money Store’ commercials.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  18. POTUS took a swing at it this morning:

    Mister Joe went to Arlington. Mentioned Satchel Page. And Beau.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  19. Halsey was the first to say “Holy Cow”.

    mg (8cbc69)

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