A cornucopia of Dodgers legends showed up for Vin Scully's 67th and final home opener as the team's broadcaster. Al Michaels first narrated a video tribute to Scully, then was on field to introduce the various Dodgers legends, as a sort of timeline of Scully's career.
Here is the video shown on DodgerVision first:
Don Newcombe came out first, the starting pitcher for Scully's first broadcast, in 1950. He was followed by...
- Maury Wills
- Sandy Koufax
- video tribute from Hank Aaron (Scully called his 715th home run)
- Al Downing, who allowed Aaron's 715th home run
- Rick Monday
- Steve Garvey, Bill Russell and Ron Cey (the other member of The Infield™, Davey Lopes, is working in Washington)
- Fernando Valenzuela
- video tribute from Kirk Gibson ("Thank you for being on the soundtrack to my career.")
- Orel Hershiser
- Tommy Lasorda
- Clayton Kershaw (Scully's 25th and last no-hitter, to date)
Scully was then escorted to the batters box by Magic Johnson and former owner Peter O'Malley, then was presented with a baseball signed by all the players listed above.
The video isn't able to embed just yet, but you can watch part of that here.
After several minutes of ovation from the crowd, the players announced Scully's trademark "It's time for Dodger baseball."
The ceremony ran so long that the umpires were in a hurry to get the game started. It started so quickly after the pregame ceremony that Scully didn't make it to his booth in time to call the first pitch. Once Scully did reach the booth and was on the air, without missing a beat he said, "The stairs get steeper every year, so it took us a little time."
Thanks to Bennett Hipp for that last quote.