I've heard or read a few fans saying that they miss Vin Scully already.
Even though I'm a Dodger fan, I'm not really in a position to say that.
First of all, I live on the east coast. Scully was never the soundtrack to my daily baseball viewing. Whenever he popped up on my screen, usually as a broadcast cutaway or MLB Network airing, it was always a pleasant surprise:
"Hey! There's Vin! I get to hear Vin! So this is what everyone is talking about."
Secondly, I can't remember a busier time during the first week of the baseball season for me personally. I've watched no more than maybe 3 innings combined so far. I haven't heard enough of any broadcaster to miss them or hate them.
But, at some point, I know I eventually will miss Vin. It will be during a Dodger broadcast. And it will suddenly occur to me that, "hey, this is a game that Vin Scully would always broadcast." And I'll sigh and the game I'm viewing will lose some of the splendor that it held mere seconds before that thought occurred to me.
That will be a good time to go upstairs and stare at my Vin poster.
That's right, I said "my Vin poster".
This was given to fans at San Francisco's ballpark on the occasion of Scully's final broadcast.
It's pretty nifty. Some might call it a "card" instead of a "poster," but "card" means only one thing to me. This is much bigger than a card, about 12x18, and you better believe it's going on the wall.
You can see that the Giants made sure Scully was wearing orange in the picture they selected. Charming. But all I see is Dodger Stadium in the background.
Overall, it was a nice gesture that could only happen because a man like Scully transcends mere baseball rivalries.
In that spirit, this poster was sent to me by a Giants fan. Jim, aka mr. haverkamp, must have attended this final game (the Dodgers allowed the Giants to win, 7-1, and clinch a wild card berth) and saved the poster to send to me!
This week I know will be easier than last week was and I fully expect to see more baseball. No matter who is broadcasting the Dodgers, I'll always look forward to televised games (maybe some day I won't be so cheap and order the MLB-TV package).
But, yes, I will miss the one thing that my team had that no other team had.
My team's games were broadcast by Vin Scully.