I hope you all enjoyed your Royals off-day yesterday. They’re much nicer when the team is in sole possession of 2nd place in the American League Central. On days without games my thoughts wander across a multitude of things across the baseball landscape. Since I’m a baseball junkie and a subscriber to MLB.tv, I spend my off-days watching a variety of non-Royals baseball. I like to look in on what the other AL Central teams are doing and root for them to lose. However even on Royals game-days I tend to end my evenings listening to the soothing sounds of Vin Scully, the announcer for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The term “living legend” seems to get tossed around quite a bit, but rarely is it as appropriate as when discussing Vin Scully. He’s been calling Dodgers games since 1950. Let that sink in for a moment. For a bit of perspective, he was calling the game for the Dodgers when Bobby Thomson hit “the shot heard around the world”. It would be an epic display of hubris if I were to believe that I could sum up the greatness of hearing Vin Scully in a post on this website. It’s something one must hear and experience in it’s raw form to truly enjoy.
My thoughts yesterday also drifted towards the 2012 All Star game which will be held in Kansas City. It’s going to be the biggest sporting event that our fine city will host since the 1988 Final Four. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a spotlight of that magnitude on the city of fountains and it will be remembered for decades.
Fox will be broadcasting the 2012 All-Star game which means they will probably trot out their pairing of Joe Buck and Tim McCarver to do the announcing duties. That duo has called every All-Star game since 2001 and before that they called the game in 1999, 1997, 1991 and 1990. If you’re counting at home, that’s 15 times including 2011. They are a duo which has become synonymous with big baseball events, but only out of sheer repetition.
The All-Star game should be voiced by All-Star caliber announcers. Too many fans never got to hear Ernie Harwell or Harry Kalas call a game before they passed away. Few fans outside of Kansas City have ever heard Denny Matthews ply his trade. Giving them the spotlight for one night where fans around the country tune in would be a fitting tribute.
So I want to launch a campaign today here on this blog. I want Vin Scully to call the 2012 All-Star game. Every fan in baseball should get the privilege of hearing Vin Scully’s voice accompanying a baseball game without having to shell out the money it takes to subscribe to MLB.tv or MLB Extra Innings. The summer classic deserves a voice worthy of the event.
I know that it’s likely an impossible task and the possibility of it actually coming to fruition is nearly non-existent, but hey it’s worth a shot, right? That one guy got Betty White to host Saturday Night Live. Maybe we can even get really crazy and have Denny Matthews and Vin Scully in the booth together. An epic pairing of Hall-of-Fame announcers presiding over a field with future Hall-of-Fame players.
Even though I may be tilting at windmills, I’ve created a facebook page that you can “like” and I’ve started using the Twitter hashtag #vinfor2012. If you’re so inclined, maybe our voices can be heard in enough numbers to give Vin Scully the recognition he deserves and let the millions of baseball fans across the world get one night of the greatest voice in baseball describing a game that we all will be watching.