Thursday, April 10, 2008

Vin Scully: Anecdotes second to none

Nobody does it better than Vin Scully, the play-by-play voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Listening to Scully is like taking a walk along the beach, listening to the waves. It's calm, relaxing and just a joyful sound to hear.One of the things that make Scully so great is his knowledge of the opposing team.

For instance, when the Padres play the Dodgers in a three-game series this weekend in Los Angeles, he’ll come up with more than a few gems about San Diego’s players.

Here are some anecdotes he recited when the Padres and Dodgers met last weekend at Petco Park:

Khalil Greene’s first name means “gift of God.” His father served for the United States Marine Corps in the Vietnam War and many of his buddies never made it home alive. Mr. Greene thus sought out religion and found the Baha’i Faith, which his family follows to this day.

Justin Germano has seven tattoos on his body. Before pitching, he recites a word three times that Buddhists use while meditating.

Tony Clark was so smart in high school advanced algebra that he didn’t have to show up for class; he only took the tests.

Glendon Rusch’s wife is a forensics expert. She re-creates crime scenes.

While driving from Port St. Lucie, Fla. to spring training this year, Heath Bell blew out a tire in Fort Stockton, Texas. A local mechanic told Bell that Ken Caminiti had stopped at the same gas station before spring training in 1996, the year Caminiti won the National League’s most valuable player award while playing for the Padres.

Only Scully could come up with such gems!

44 comments:

jerry said...

Your right. He is the very very best.

kareem said...

Vin Scully is truly one of the finest most knowledgeable men in baseball; hands down. In order to come up with those gems he has to really do his homework. He is always prepared and is the ultimate professional.

Anonymous said...

Um...not really.

He just does his homework and reads.

For instance - regarding Greene - http://insider.espn.go.com/proxy/proxy.dll/insider/magazine/story?id=1817091&action=login&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fproxy%2fproxy.dll%2finsider%2fmagazine%2fstory%3fid%3d1817091

Regarding Germano - http://www.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070315&content_id=1844870&vkey=spt2007news&fext=.jsp&c_id=phi

Regarding Bell - Reliever Heath Bell said there was a peculiar moment during his drive to spring training, when he went to buy a tire in Fort Stockton, Texas. While putting the spare tire back in his trunk, Bell removed his Padres baseball bag and the attendant noticed the logo.

The employee said another Padres player, Ken Caminiti, once stopped by the same store to buy a tire. He told Bell that it happened right before Caminiti won the National League's Most Valuable Player award in 1996.

As he walked away, Bell said, he had one thought: "Dude, I'm going to win MVP."

Found here - http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2008/02/16/sports/professional/padres/23_19_002_15_08.txt

Darrell said...

Anonymous, you did your research; just like Vin Scully. Too bad more announcers don't do their homework like Scully. Wouldn't that be great?

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