Sunday, May 28, 2017

Funny But Vin Scully Was Hardly Ever on 'Assignment'

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  1. Kimberly in SonomaMay 28, 2017 at 11:07 AM

    Vin Scully read the menu out loud at my restaurant and got a standing ovation. "Oh My God, a Burrito!!"

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    1. Scully could get a standing ovation describing the fart after a burrito meal. "A pleasant good evening to you, from the Taco Bell concession stand at Dodger Stadium. Top of the hour...one in, one out...starting underwear pulled for a backup....peeeee yeeeew, I'm outta here! Jerry Doggett will call the rest of the action, after a word from Farmer John."

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  2. now you don't even know who's there anymore .let doug greenwald do some home games.

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  3. What makes Scully's longevity even more remarkable was that he worked the last several years mostly without a partner.

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  4. Baseball players don't get a day off unless it's due to injury, illness, family matters or a suspension. What a bunch of bilge. It's a privilege to be at the stadium on game day. It's not a right. Jobs are few and far between in sports play-by-play.

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  5. Please remember, that like Mike Krukow has started doing this year because of health issues, Vin Scully didn't travel to broadcast away games in his last 5-6 years. Vin would occasionally go to do games in San Diego. In his final year-last year-he did come up to SF in September. Thus, Vin was Often on assignment. As is Mike Krukow often now. Be happy with announcers you love; forgive them if, because of age or muscular challenges, they can no longer travel on the road.

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  6. @ 3:42 did you hear the last time d.greenwald filled in [about 2 seasons ago if memory serves] - he was absolutely HORRIBLE, couldn't shut up and let the game breathe, insisted on saying __ball and __ strike after every single dang pitch, didn't actually describe the action on the field...no wonder he has been in Fresno so long. I don't know if he was nervous or what but I had to turn him off and switch to an A's game.

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    1. Have to agree. Doug is a stat reader. Anyone can do this. His lack of being able to tell a story (like Hank)
      will keep him in the minor leagues.

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  7. Maybe the time off is in lieu of raises? A lot of these announcers are doing radio and TV. I also think teams are trying to guard against getting leveraged by an announcer seen as being too indispensable. There is a reason Vin Scully was among the last of his kind.

    It really isn't that unusual for announcers to take time away during the season. A series here, a series there even before they hit 60.

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  8. I've heard that Scully lives in Thousand Oaks, which is a long commute to downtown LA. And quite an inconvenience in that traffic down there! He recently stated that he would leave at 2 PM for the trip to the ballpark (for a night game). That makes for a long day for a young person, let alone a regular shift for an elderly gentleman (who has had health issues).

    I suspect that he had a driver, but his consistent efforts still took a lot of time and energy. A great amount of tedium too, given he did it for so many decades.

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  9. I haven't heard Javier Lopez yet (he was supposed to fill in for Krukow on the road this year along with Jeremy Afelt) but I have heard Jeremy Afelt - and he may know baseball but he does not have the voice for radio.

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  10. I agree with 10:48 that Affelt does not have a good voice for radio/TV. Maybe OK for pregame which I do not watch or listen.

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  11. Affeldt sounds like Garth from Wayne's World.
    Party on, Affeldt!
    R_P

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