Dodgers announcing legend Vin Scully shared a Fernando Tatis Jr. story ahead of NLDS Game 2 against the Padres.
“A story behind a number,” Dodgers legend Vin Scully intoned to open up his brief Twitter video on Wednesday, and suddenly, everything felt both calm and normal.
Dodger baseball will never be the same without Scully’s lilting baritone on the mic, and even when he was still active, it never felt quite fair that he was forced to sit on the bench when the postseason came around, giving the spotlight away to national broadcast teams that didn’t bleed blue in quite the same manner.
Luckily, Scully is resting comfortably at home, it would seem, thanks to the very helpful update he dropped us ahead of Game 2 at Globe Life. Like most of us, whether we like it or not, Scully seems mesmerized by Fernando Tatis Jr., and had a related story to tell about what’s in a number — and a name.
Yes, the night that his father, Fernando Tatis the elder, drilled his pair of grand slams in one inning, Scully had a front-row seat at Dodger Stadium.
The remarkable feat came against Chan-Ho Park, the erstwhile Dodgers starter-turned-swingman, who did not deserve a fate quite so unfortunate. But 21 years later, the memory still lingers.
Even though he’s talking about our misfortune, we could listen to Scully read a phonebook. Or a laundry list of playoff failures. Or the 60-man roster of the San Francisco Giants. He’s just that mellifluous.
67 years ago last week, Scully celebrated the anniversary of becoming the youngest broadcaster to ever handle a World Series game. And, remarkably, he’s just as effective as ever these days.
Though our Scully Magic comes in smaller doses in 2020, it’s still there, if you look.
Protect this man at all costs, and hope he keeps sending us these fireside chats. This year of all years, we really need them.