I have said it once, and I will say it again, the 2017 season has been nothing short of insanity for Pittsburgh Pirates’ fans. Week by week, the Buccos have sent their fans through an emotional roller-coaster of highs and lows, as if it were an unstable high school relationship. Since the all-star break, the Pirates have been able to play themselves into and out of the chase for the NL Central multiple times.Read More
To say that 2017 has been an interesting year for the Pittsburgh Pirates would be an incredible understatement. From the lows of the Cutch trade rumors, Jung Ho Kang’s DUIs, Starling Marte’s PED suspension, Jameson Taillon’s battle with cancer, players under performing to the highs of Andrew McCutchen’s comeback, Josh Bell’s impressive rookie campaign, Felipe Rivero emerging as one of the best closers in baseball and the recent winning streak to put the Pirates within reach of the division lead. This season has been an absolute roller coaster.Read More
Last Friday, I kicked off my weekend the only way I know how, by heading to PNC Park to watch my beloved Pittsburgh Pirates. Overall, it was a pretty enjoyable night, as rookie first baseman Josh Bell lifted the Buccos to a 5-2 win with a walk off home run over the division rival St. Louis Cardinals. However, as I was exiting the stadium, Bell’s homer was not the play that was most fresh on my mind.Read More
Two days fresh off the 10-day disabled list, Matt Holliday delivered one of the more clutch hits of the 2017 season for the New York Yankees.Read More
The All-Star break can't come soon enough for the New York Yankees. After a fantastic run throughout the first couple months of the 2017 campaign, it seems as if their good fortune has come to an end as injuries have begun to plague the ball club. Even after stringing together a number of losses recently, the Yankees still sit at a respectable 44-39 as they gear up for the second half of the season.Read More
On Friday night, June 23rd, the New York Yankees edged the Texas Rangers 2-1 in the opening game of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium thanks to a walk-off RBI single from Ronald Torreyes. The Yankee utility infielder drove in his 17th run...Read More
After the first game of the season, I couldn’t have felt better about arguably the biggest free agent signing in Cleveland Indians’ history. Just before this past Christmas, it was announced that the Tribe had landed the biggest fish in baseball’s free agent pond, first baseman/designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion, on a 3-year/$60 million deal. Encarnacion was going to bring some much needed power to a team that had scrapped, clawed and pitched their way to game seven of the 2016 World Series.Read More
On Saturday afternoon in Minneapolis, Columbus Clippers' LHP Ryan Merritt, who you may remember from his heroics in last year's ALCS, made a spot start for the Cleveland Indians in the first game of a day-night double-header. Merritt came into the game with a minor-league (mostly at AAA Columbus) record of 7-5 with a 3.84 ERA. He is not an over-powering pitcher and standing at six feet tall and 180 lbs, Merritt somewhat reminds you of a young version of Jamie Moyer. He makes a living on command rather than gas.Read More
Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees of 2017 have become must-see T.V. Judge has drastically cut down on his strikeout rate this year as compared to a season ago. He is showing telling signs of improved plate discipline, which leads to better success, offensively. In fact when Judge is ahead in the count, he is hitting .419 at the plate.Read More
As an organization that is built around financial flexibility and scouting, the Pittsburgh Pirates take great pride in their ability to find and develop young, affordable talent. In the past five to six years where the Buccos have been relevant for a large majority of the regular season, the city of Pittsburgh has learned how much the Pirates truly value their minor league prospects.Read More
The Arizona Diamondbacks ended last season the same way they have ended for the last six years. Just looking forward to the possibility of next season. It hasn’t been since 2011 that the Diamondbacks have played meaningful October baseball. The Diamondbacks have started off red hot and since then have cooled down, but those series wins weren’t against any pushovers.Read More
Earlier this week, I had the privilege of attending the Columbus Clippers media day at Huntington Park. The sun was shining, the baseballs were flying off the bats, and it was unquestionably a sign that the most wonderful time of the year is upon us…baseball season. (However, as the snow falls this morning, I feel a little silly sitting here with a sunburn. But hey, welcome to spring in Ohio.)Read More
The stage has been set and the day is finally here! With a combined 176 years of championship absence to their credit, Curt Ashcraft's Cleveland Indians and Matt Shock's Chicago Cubs are set to do battle in the 2016 World Series and end a title drought that has haunted each of these ball clubs for far too long.Read More
Baseball fans have been glued to the television screen so far this October. The first few rounds of this year's MLB Playoffs has already offered many great moments. Who could have predicted Connor Gillaspie would be the hero for the San Francisco Giants in their Wild Card game? How shocking was it to see the Texas Rangers get dismantled by the Blue Jays in their series? And most recently, fans witnessed the Chicago Cubs put together one of the biggest comebacks in Postseason history in game four of the NLDS, resulting in the Giants’ elimination. But maybe the biggest surprise in these young playoffs came when the Cleveland Indians managed to sweep the incredibly talented Boston Red Sox in the ALDS.Read More
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Over the last 67 years, a lot of change has taken place. A man has been put on the moon, stand-up radios have become flat-screen TV’s, and The Beverly Hillbillies are now Keeping Up with the Kardashians. In all of that change, there has still been one constant. From his start in Brooklyn to the move to Los Angeles, Vincent “Vin” Edward Scully has been the play-by-play announcer for the Dodgers organization, and after almost seven decades in the business, today’s regular season finale in San Francisco will be the final call of Scully’s illustrious career.
A few years ago, I wrote an article about Scully continuing to get behind the mic year after year for the Dodgers and how he is the greatest sports broadcaster of all-time. We all know that he is one of the greatest storytellers in broadcasting history, but to me, it’s his longevity in the sports media world that is a true sign of his character and passion for the game of baseball.
At the age of 22, Scully joined the Brooklyn Dodgers as a radio/television broadcaster for the 1950 MLB season. First of all, an opportunity like that for a 22 year-old will NEVER happen again. These days, a career in sports broadcasting, journalism or media is in such high demand that the big leagues are only looking for broadcasters with at least 10-15 years of experience. I love Vin Scully, but no matter how talented he is, if you took 22 year-old Vin and put him into the baseball broadcasting market today, the best gig he could probably pull off is a high-level minor league broadcasting position. That is no knock on his talent, but more of a testament to how far the industry has come and how cutthroat it truly is.
It’s one thing to break into the business at such a young age, but to keep it going for 67 long and grueling seasons with the same team is absolutely unbelievable. With nearly 11,000 broadcasted Dodger games under his belt, Scully has been the idol of consistency at the highest level when most people get burnt out. The days of one person working the same job or staying with the same company for more than 50 years is likely behind us. No matter what the career field may be, we are always looking for the next best opportunity, but for Scully, that never happened. His love for baseball met his passion for broadcasting at the perfect time and it was a match made in heaven.
Regardless of how you look at it, what Vin Scully has been able to do for baseball and broadcasting is unlike anything we’ve ever seen or may ever see again. Scully may be a trailblazer, but he is also one-of-a-kind. After today, there will be no more Kirk Gibson homerun calls, translating of manager/umpire arguments or “Bo Jackson says hello.” Scully has paved the way, but there will never be another Vin.
Well, Vin, I guess this is goodbye. I have credited a lot of people with my passion for sports broadcasting, but you were the first. You have been the industry example of how bad do you want it and how hard will you work to get it. Without you, who knows if this small town farmer’s kid would’ve pursued his dreams and stayed passionate about his career. For that, I thank you. Here’s to your final day of summer and to the best that ever was. Thanks again, Vin, for everything.