Reds Fan Since 1971
To me, Vin is the gold standard in baseball announcing.
Good on ya, Vin.
"Bring on Rod Stupid!"
The thread could have been called, "Vin Scully retiring after 2010th season".
The guy seems to have always existed to me and infrequently as I get to hear him, I still find his voice reassures me that baseball is still baseball.
Next Reds manager, second shooter. --Confirmed on Redszone.
"Hey...Dad. Wanna Have A Catch?" Kevin Costner in "Field Of Dreams."
Last inning of Koufax's perfect game
My dad got to enjoy 3 Reds World Championships by the time he was my age. So far, I've only gotten to enjoy one. Step it up Redlegs!
I Know the Reds have been terrible but It would be nice if Marty, Jeff and Thom actually called play by play and painted the picture for the listening audience.
Instead we get Ask Marty, Gangsta Trivia, Life On The Road From Hal McCoy. A bunch of stuff about golf and Jeff Brantleys eating habits.
Gimme Vin Scully.
Never liked Scully, never will. Should have retired decades ago.
That said I listen to his broadcasts all the time, understand him fine (he's not Harry Caray, he isn't slurring) and appreciate his stories, his knowledge and his love of the game. Once he's gone there will be more vanilla in the world.
Last year I thought his S's were much less crisp than before, but this year he seems fine to me. His encyclopedia of baseball might go overboard sometimes, but I prefer it to Thom and Cowboy's fried chicken sundaes or whatever tonight's gluttony is. Compared to what passes for baseball announcing these days, he's still in a class by himself. Nobody will match him, although I think Jon Miller comes closest these days.
I do wonder sometimes if we'd go ballistic if he were announcing for the Reds but talking about the high school days and beloved grandmas of each Cardinals player.
Only announcer ever that I'd watch or listen to a game for a while just to hear him. Ernie Harwell is the only other I'd go out of my way to listen to as I've listened to tons of his archived footage. Sad indeed that he'll be gone, but even sadder is that this feels like the last of the true announcers. I hate the "not like it used to be" cliche, but in this case, the game of baseball in the modern era is lacking great voices that can do what Scully can do. It used to be part of the fabric of the game, but the Thom's of the world are more the norm these days and I think that's too bad. It's not a "Thom is bad" thing, it's more a style thing. You just don't get guys that come along that are about painting the picture and telling a story.
Last edited by MWM; 07-31-2009 at 10:53 AM.
Grape works as a soda. Sort of as a gum. I wonder why it doesn't work as a pie. Grape pie? There's no grape pie. - Larry David
I agree. I don't mind Thom, and I don't even mind a little down home flavor, if that's who you are, and I understand that this team doesn't exactly inspire classic broadcasts. For me it's more a sense of proportion. I want more baseball and less fried chicken.It's not a "Thom is bad" thing, it's more a style thing.
I grew up absolutely hating the Dodgers and loving the sounds of Waite, Jim, Joe, Al, and Marty describing the games of my beloved Reds, but I feel Scully is the best of my lifetime. He truly paints the game in my head better than anyone.
Let's play two!!!