After 67 illustrious years in the broadcast booth, the Los Angeles Dodgers saw Vin Scully step away to enjoy time with his family. Scully’s tenure with the organization began in Brooklyn and included his voice on the call for countless highlights.
Since entering into retirement, Scully has only visited Dodger Stadium a handful of times. He attended games during the 2016 National League Division Series and Championship Series, and returned for special engagements this season.
Chief among them were the unveiling of a Jackie Robinson statue, and Scully’s induction into the Ring of Honor at Dodger Stadium. He’s also been on hand for multiple playoff and World Series games this October.
On Wednesday, Scully had the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Dodger Stadium before Game 2 of the World Series — or so it seemed.
While narrating the entire sequence, he walked out to the mound, noticed he needed a catcher, which was filled by Steve Yeager. Then as he went to wind up and deliver the pitch, Scully joked of suffering a rotator cuff injury.
So out came Fernando Valenzuela to complete the honor on Scully’s behalf.
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Scully has previously thrown out the first pitch on several occasions, perhaps most notably on Opening Day of the 2016 season. He was joined on the field by Ron Cey, Orel Hershiser, Clayton Kershaw, Sandy Koufax and Valenzuela, among others.
The Dodgers are looking to win their first World Series since 1988, which Scully was on the call for. Their return to the Fall Classic led to many pining for Scully to come out of retirement, which the humble 89-year-old politely declined to do.