LOS ANGELES — In Vin Scully’s final week of home broadcasts, the Dodgers announcer will be shared with a national audience on Wednesday night on ESPN.
ESPN will televise the Wednesday night series finale between the Dodgers and Giants, and in the fourth inning will simulcast Scully’s SportsNet LA call of the game.
This is one of several shares of Scully’s broadcasts this year. On Aug. 28 against the Cubs, CSN Chicago simulcast the third inning of the game, and on Sept. 7 against the Diamondbacks, Fox Sports Arizona simulcast the second inning.
The Giants plan to do the same, with CSN Bay Area simulcasting the third inning of the regular season finale on Oct. 2 in San Francisco, the final game of Scully’s career.
Locally in the Los Angeles area, KTLA will simulcast the final six full games of Scully’s career, Sept. 23-25 against the Rockies, then Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in San Francisco.
The ESPN telecast on Wednesday will have Jon Sciambi, Riick Sutcliffe and Doug Glanville on the call, and throughout the game will show vignettes with famous Scully calls. In addition, Dodgers broadcaster Jaime Jarrin will join Sciambi and Sutcliffe in the both for part of the game.
The same trio will call the game on Tuesday for ESPN2. Both ESPN telecasts are full national games, with no blackouts in Los Angeles or San Francisco markets.
Scully, who grew up a Giants fan in New York and had called Dodgers games since 1950, has seen 80 years of the Dodgers-Giants rivalry. On Monday he talked about how the rivalry has changed over the years after both teams moved west in 1958.
"You really have to go back to New York. Number two, you have to realize that the Dodger fans and the Giants fans were, in a lot of cases, shoulder to shoulder all year long working at their jobs," Scully recalled. "I can remember as a kid working for the post office during the Christmas holidays trying to make some money, and we'd be sliding mail, hundreds of them, standing in front of hundreds of cubby holes and putting mail in the holes. And we'd spend all the time, slotting and arguing about who was better, Duke Snider or Willie Mays, et cetera, et cetera.
"Also, the borough of Brooklyn had an atmosphere of it's us against the world. So the Giants were the Lordly team on the Harlem River, and they'd come over to Brooklyn. In the olden days they tell me that John McGraw would bring the Giants over to Brooklyn in horse drawn carriages, and the people in Brooklyn, the real fans, would throw things down on top of them. So the rivalry was somewhat bitter because of the fact there was a great deal of friction.
"At least now you have several hundred miles separating the cities. Oh, sure, there are Giants fans down here, and there are Dodger fans in San Francisco. There's not quite the bitter rivalry they had in New York. And I'm delighted for that. I really am."