The Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs met for a pivotal Game 5 of the National League Championship Series, and among those in attendance at Dodger Stadium on Thursday was none other than Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully.
After 67 seasons spent calling games for Brooklyn and Los Angeles, Scully called it a career on Oct. 2 at AT&T Park. He made the decision to travel with the Dodgers to San Francisco and call the club’s final three games of the regular season.
The Giants put the rivalry aside and honored Scully throughout the weekend series. Included in that was putting a plaque up in the visitor’s broadcast booth in Scully’s honor.
Scully’s appearance at Dodger Stadium for Game 5 of the NLCS is his first since calling the Dodgers’ NL-West clinching victory on Sept. 25.
Scully was naturally given a hero’s welcome and excited the crowd by opening the postseason game with his signature greeting:
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 21, 2016
Throughout the time leading up to his retirement Scully maintained the fan base and franchise would move on just fine without him. That of course is a testament to Scully’s humble nature, but shortsighted in the sense he’ll forever be revered.
Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten plans to meet with the franchise’s iconic voice after the season to formulate a plan that keeps Scully involved.
Thursday’s public appearance was Scully’s second since retiring. He recently was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live.