Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), in his capacity as Acting Governor, issued a proclamation today declaring July 8, 2016 as "Vin Scully Day" in the State of California to honor the legendary Los Angeles Dodgers announcer.
The Acting Governor praised Scully for "knowing when to let the roar of the crowd tell the story" as Scully has done so many times from Hank Aaron's historic home run to pass Babe Ruth and after Dodger Kirk Gibson hit a walk-off home run against the Athletics in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.
Dodger fans to this day get choked up at the sound of Scully exclaiming, "In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened."
The purpose of the proclamation is to appreciate Scully.
As he nears his announced retirement at the end of this season, I urge all Californians to take time to appreciate the treasure that is Vin Scully as not just an announcer but, as former baseball Commission "Bud" Selig put it, "the embodiment of the goodwill that our game inspires" and a reminder of why baseball is "forever the national pastime."
Dodger fans usually don't go a day during the season without having some thought of Scully. That fact probably won't change for a few years after the greatest broadcaster in sports rides off into the sunset.