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!