The Los Angeles Dodgers bid farewell to one of Major League Baseball’s transcendent figures this year as after 67 glorious seasons, Vin Scully officially retired and rode off into the sunset.
Scully departed with a grand farewell tour, headlined by the festivities the Dodgers’ organization held during his weekend of games at Dodger Stadium. Scully’s first public appearance was an interview with Jimmy Kimmel on late night television and he’s since attended a ceremony at the White House, where Scully was among the 21 dignitaries given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.
While many Dodgers’ fans grew up idolizing Scully, his impact went above and beyond those in Brooklyn and Los Angeles. He’s revered not only throughout the sport, but by anyone who has even the smallest knowledge of Scully’s career.
That stretched to a recent episode of ‘The Simpsons,’ as the writers honored Scully during the closing credits, via Tom Hoffarth of the Southern California News Group:
ICYMI: From tonight's closing credits of "The Simpsons" pic.twitter.com/y5FK1QI0qf
— Tom Hoffarth (@tomhoffarth) November 21, 2016
The episode featured many interactions with sports athletes, including former USC and NFL quarterback Matt Leinart.
Toward the end of the episode, a scene had Bart Simpson, Homer Simpson and grandpa Simpson sitting on the couch listening to the call of the Hall-of-Fame play-by-play announcer.
In appropriate fashion, ‘The Simpsons’ included his statistical introduction, followed by a short anecdote that only Scully would have up his sleeve.
Scully to this point is enjoying his retirement, though added he would have time off during the winter months even when he was working. The true test, Scully believes, will come when players report for Spring Training.