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I guess it’s unrealistic in 2022 for an otherwise good night not to have some sadness mixed in:

Vin Scully, the voice of the Dodgers for more than six decades, whose folksy manner and melodic language made him a beloved figure in American culture, died Tuesday, the team announced.

A household name in Southern California, where he held a running conversation with baseball fans each season, He was 94.

His career with the Dodgers, which dated back to 1950 when the team was still in Brooklyn, took off with the move to Los Angeles before the 1958 season. Wooing a new fan base, he was on his way to becoming one of sports’ greatest broadcasters, blessed with a knack for storytelling and, as veteran commentator Bob Costas put it, “the sheer sound of his voice.”

In an interview in 2016, his final season, Scully described his approach to the job simply: “I guess it’s kind of a running commentary with an imaginary friend.”

Among his most famous broadcasts was the 1965 perfect game by Sandy Koufax. With the Dodgers playing the Chicago Cubs, Koufax headed to the mound for the ninth inning needing three more outs. Scully told listeners it was “the toughest walk of his career, I’m sure.”

This was legendary status that was fully earned. Hearing him call a game, alone, was pure pleasure. In his last years if I felt like having a game on and nobody I had a rooting interest in was playing, it was always the Dodgers I put on. R.I.P.

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