I first listened to Vin Scully call a Dodgers game when I was about 20 years old and he was around 75, yet immediately became such a big fan that I frequently tuned into their games on the MLB Extra Innings package despite a two-hour time difference and absolutely no allegiance to the Dodgers whatsoever.
Since then I’ve probably watched the Dodgers play more often than any team except my beloved Twins, solely because of how much I enjoy listening to Scully.
He is without question the greatest announcer I’ve ever heard, which is remarkable considering I didn’t hear him until he was 75 years old and had already been on the job for five decades. I can’t even imagine how good Scully must have been in his prime, if only because I can’t imagine anyone being better than what I’ve heard for the past seven or eight seasons.
Anyway, today Scully turns 83 years old. To celebrate, here’s an audio clip of him announcing the ninth inning of Sandy Koufax’s perfect game on September 9, 1965. Believe me, it’s worth a listen:
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: