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Iconic Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully gets an avenue of his own

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Vin Scully speaks during a ceremony held for his long-time service to the Los Angeles Dodgers after a street leading to Dodger Stadium was named Vin Scully Avenue to honor the longtime Dodger broadcaster who is retiring after this season.

(Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)

About 200 Dodgers fans clad in the team’s signature blue descended on Chavez Ravine on Monday morning to commemorate the newly named Vin Scully Avenue.

Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilman Gil Cedillo and Dodger Chief Executive Stan Kasten spoke during the ceremony, which took place at the entrance to Dodger Stadium off Sunset Boulevard. The renamed route runs from Sunset Boulevard to Stadium Way.

“You united our city and the various communities,” Cedillo said of Scully.

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Emcee Charlie Steiner, who is also a Dodgers sportscaster, said Scully inspired his decision to pursue the field.  Listening to Scully’s broadcasts during Brooklyn Dodgers games, he said, he “immediately knew what my career path would be.”

“In a city of stars, we can make a pretty compelling case that Vin is the biggest and most popular of them all,” Steiner said.

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously last week to change the name of Elysian Park Avenue to Vin Scully Avenue as a tribute to the iconic Dodgers broadcaster. 

Scully, 88, plans to retire this year after 67 seasons with the baseball team. 

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“I don’t know you, but I miss you. You have been so kind,” Scully told the crowd. “Just to hear you, your enthusiasm, the voices that come roaring out of the stands, there’s nothing like it.”

As he spoke, “I love L.A.” played in the background.

“One more year!” the crowd chanted. Scully laughed.

“I’ve given it a lot of consideration, and no thank you,” he said.

Francis Esteras, 21, said he stood in the crowd because he wanted to see history.

“Vin is the greatest Dodger of them all,” Esteras said.

The games won’t be the same with Scully gone next year, he added.

“But you gotta keep going,” Esteras said.

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