ESPN takes a lot of justifiable flak from conservatives for that network’s constant flogging of progressive politics on the air, often to the annoyance of its viewers who just want to watch the ball game. A recent arrival to this country who tuned in to the network might be excused for assuming that the initials stand for Even Sports Political Now. But it does appear that tonight the ESPN folks may actually do something worthwhile.
Fans of Vin Scully — these are legion — know that the 88 year-old red-head will bring his illustrious broadcasting career to an end October 2, at the end of the regular Major League baseball season. A sad time for fans of the best baseball broadcaster ever. But a time also to celebrate a great career and a great life. ESPN will help a bit tonight (Wednesday) when it broadcasts the Giants/Dodgers game from Los Angeles (10 p.m. Right Coast time), including Vin’s call of the fourth inning. The rest of the game will be called by ESPN’s mortals (talk about a tough act to follow), and will feature some of Scully’s great calls from the past.
I promise never again to urge readers to tune in ESPN, and I beg forgiveness for this exception. But for tonight, this is a great opportunity for those who usually cannot hear Scully to enjoy the master at work, even if it’s just for an inning.
To whet your appetite, enjoy some of Vin’s famous calls here.
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