Jonny Gomes

With Vin Scully's retirement, Los Angeles loses a poet-philosopher

With Vin Scully's retirement, Los Angeles loses a poet-philosopher

Vin Scully has been the voice of Dodgers baseball for 67 seasons, a remarkable record of longevity — he has called games for more than half the lifespan of a franchise that began in 1883. But Scully has meant more to the Dodgers, and by extension to Los Angeles, than just someone who could be counted on to do his job well, day in and day out, for an inordinately long time. He has been the city’s poet-philosopher, albeit one who sits at a sports microphone.

Examples of this are legion; here are just two. Scully once mentioned during a game that player Andre Dawson “has a bruised knee and is listed as day-to-day,” then ruminated, “aren't we...

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