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‘He was the Dodgers.’ Players and broadcasters mourn the loss of Vin Scully

The scoreboard at Oracle Park shows a message for broadcaster Vin Scully after the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Francisco Giants in a baseball game in San Francisco, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

The scoreboard at Oracle Park shows a message honoring broadcaster Vin Scully after the Dodgers beat the Giants in San Francisco Tuesday. (Jeff Chiu / Associated Press)

Joe Davis reported the news to viewers in the bottom of the fifth inning from the visiting television booth at Oracle Park where, fittingly, the Dodgers and Giants were playing.

“Well, it’s with heavy hearts that we pass along some really tough news,” Davis began. “At the age of 94, Vin Scully has passed away.”

Silence.

“Tough. Tough,” Davis said shortly after finishing his SportsNet LA broadcast in the same ballpark Scully called his final game. “But I think it was my, like it’s been my responsibility to follow him and do the best I could to honor him by sitting in that chair and telling stories and calling Dodger baseball.”

Davis replaced Scully in 2017. Scully had been the team’s warm voice for 67 seasons. He spanned the franchise’s move from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. His stories were heard on transistor radios in the crowd at the Coliseum when the team moved west in 1958 and through flat screen televisions when he said goodbye in 2016. He was as popular as any player in any era, a steady summer presence across the region for generations.

Replacing the icon was impossible. Scully’s advice for Davis was the same advice Red Barber gave him in 1950: Be yourself.

“I just tried to do my best to pay tribute to the guy that I consider the greatest ever to do it,” Davis said. “And I said on the air tonight and will say it forever: There will never be another one like him. The greatest there ever has been and the greatest there ever will be.

“So, we just tried to do our best to relay stories that we think kind of made Vin, Vin and just try to take what was a tough situation for everybody I know who felt like they knew Vin from listening to him for so long and make some people smile on a tough night.”

In the Dodgers dugout, word started to spread mid-game about Scully’s passing.

“I knew he was ailing,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “But as far as the finality, I was still shocked.”

Justin Turner, the team’s longest-tenured position player, found out when he went back to the batting cages after the fifth inning.

“He was the Dodgers,” Turner said. “I think a lot of heavy hearts in here tonight hearing that news.”

A Lakewood native, Turner immediately thought back to his first encounter with Scully, when the third baseman was still playing…

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