If so, it’s Vin Scully doing the play-by-play.
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When Koufax got the last out, the Dodgers celebrated their championship, but without all 25 of them rolling on the turf in a scrum like a bunch of junior high school boys just let out of school for the summer. The Dodger players were clearly thrilled they had reached the pinnacle of their sport and showed it. But no psychotic breaks. No manic behavior. They got off the field quickly and into the visitor’s locker room, not showing up the local team and crowd.
There was no spraying champagne in the post-game winners’ locker room, where Scully asked fairly obvious but intelligent questions of the players and of Dodger manager Walter Alston. These worthies managed to answer Scully’s questions in complete sentences without the aid of “you know,” or “like,” or the procession of clichés no athlete interview is compete without today. The word “awesome” was not heard once. No players stalked the guy talking to Scully with a shaving cream pie. The sports writers even wore coats and ties.
So for me Saturday was an afternoon of great baseball and some sobering cultural markers. I’ll doubtless go to the Trop in St. Petersburg a few times this summer to watch and pull for the Rays. But it saddens me a bit that the games will sound a bit like rock concerts (ear plugs are now essential ball-park gear) and cost about the same to attend. Saturday’s nostalgic walk reminded me that within the living memory of millions of Americans is a time when 50,000 grownups could enjoy a baseball game in a civilized setting.
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