With apologies to the late Harry Caray, there are two baseball play-by-play announcers in the history of the game who stand head and shoulders above the rest.
The first is St. Louis’ own legendary Hall-of-Fame voice, the late Jack Buck, who could make a reading of the Yellow Pages seem like the seventh game of the world series. A separate blog post would be needed to categorize all of his signature broadcasting moments.
The other is Dodgers announcer Vin Scully, who’s still calling games in this, his 65th season with the team.
And the amazing thing about him is that even at 84 years old, he’s lost nothing off his fastball, so to speak.
He’s still able to make the game come alive in a way that today’s new breed of snarky, ESPN influenced announcers could never understand (or execute, even if they did.)
The Cardinals are playing the Dodgers in LA this weekend and Vin Scully decided it was the perfect moment to tell a very funny, slightly uncomfortable story about how Cards manager Mike Matheny became a big league player.
It’s quintessential Scully, however I’m still not quite sure we needed to hear that evocative voice utter the word “defecate.”
But if anyone could make that word sound sentimental, it’s him.
Watch it HERE and decide for yourself.