The 2018 season will be the second full season that Dodgers fans will no longer get hear the iconic Vin Scully call games. Although it was the end of an era, the new Dodger broadcasting era is spearheaded by Joe Davis.
Last year was a very interesting season for fans of the Dodgers. While we were all excited for the start of the season, it didn’t quite have the same excitement at the beginning of the season. Something was missing. Ah yes, it was the absence of the legendary Vin Scully. Although we all had an offseason to get over the retirement of Vin, the empty feeling wasn’t felt until the season started and Mr. Scully was no longer in the broadcasting booth.
Being under thirty years old, Vin Scully was the voice of the Dodgers and the only voice of the Dodgers I had ever heard until the later stages of his career. The fact that he would no longer broadcast games took a while to get over even once the 2017 season began.
The man assigned to the daunting task of replacing one of the greatest sports broadcasters of all time was Joe Davis. I can’t even imagine the feeling of having to follow up an act like the one Vin Scully had, but Joe Davis did an absolutely terrific job last season and I am looking forward to seeing him grow into his role as the next great broadcaster in Dodgers history.
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April 29, 2017, was the moment that really seemed like a breakout for Joe. After Justin Turner’s home run landed in the left-field pavilion, Joe Davis exclaimed two words that became the first signature moment of his Dodger broadcasting career, “Absolute Madness!”. What a simple yet iconic moment in his young broadcasting career and it was a fitting moment to describe the Dodgers rally against the Phillies.
The second memorable call of Joe Davis’s Dodger broadcasting career came July 6, 2017, against the Arizona Diamondbacks. In the midst of a hot streak hotter than the depths of hell, the Dodgers had another comeback win and Joe Davis said: “Moment after moment, memory after memory, the Dodgers have done it again!”. It was yet another stellar call and a fitting one for a moment in the Dodgers hot streak that saw them win 42 of 50 games last year.
I remember at fanfest in 2017, Joe Davis talked about how he would just let calls come to him and he didn’t want to try and copy anyone’s style of broadcasting. It became more clear by the game last season that Joe Davis is really flourishing into an excellent baseball broadcaster and developing a broadcasting persona of his own.
The one major difference between Joe and Vin is that Joe is involved on social media. Whether it be thanking his fans for kind words or posting funny tweets like this one here, Joe is very active on social media. This is another added treat of having him as the new face of Dodger broadcasts.
While nobody will ever replace Vin Scully, Joe Davis is doing an excellent job of showing that Dodger games after Vin Scully are as enjoyable as ever. I look forward to listening to a second full season of Joe Davis leading Dodger broadcasts and listening to him develop into yet another iconic Dodger broadcaster. Perhaps “moment after moment, memory after memory” Joe Davis will continue to develop into the next great Dodgers broadcaster. If nothing else, he has proven that watching and listening to Dodger games after Vin Scully isn’t so bad after all.