Like a large portion of Arizona residents, I am a Southern California transplant.
Some might agree that we escaped the People’s Republic of California, but that is a talk for another time.
You see, those of us that grew up in California were blessed to grow up with two of the greatest sports announcers in history: Chick Hearn of the Lakers and Vin Scully of the Dodgers.
Hearn only missed two games over 40 years announcing for the Lakers, including a streak of 3,338 straight games!
If you have ever — and who hasn’t — used the phrases “slam dunk” or “air ball,” you owe those to Hearn.
On the baseball side of Los Angeles — yes, the only team that actually plays in Los Angeles (not Anaheim) — the Dodgers have been blessed with the golden voice of professional baseball’s Uncle Vin Scully.
Scully has been calling Dodger’s games since — are you ready for this? — 1950.
Scully is the last of the solo broadcasters. That’s right, folks: Vinny calls each game as the play-by-play man AND color commentator.
For over half a century, the greeting, “It’s time for Dodger baseball! Hi, everybody, and a very pleasant good (afternoon/evening) to you, wherever you may be.” served as the Southland’s baseball alarm clock.
Sadly, or better stated, triumphantly, this is Scully’s final season.
So to honor this legend of professional sports, our sister station, Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, would like to invite you to a special edition Arizona Diamondbacks broadcast on Wednesday.
Arizona Sports will join the Dodgers radio broadcast for the entire second inning of Wednesday’s game. It’s a special opportunity for those who haven’t had an opportunity to experience Scully live and will now be able to say that they have heard the best of all time.
It’s also an opportunity for all of us Southern California transplants to hop in a time machine, go back to mom and dad’s living room on a warm summer afternoon and take in some Dodger’s baseball with our ol’ Uncle Vinny.