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Vin Scully Met Fleetwood Mac Last Night, And I Am Dead
Last month, we reported that Fleetwood Mac would be performing at a gala in honor of Dodgers' announcer Vin Scully, and freaked out over the prospect of two of the most miraculous entities breathing the same Dodger Stadium air (and oh, what lucky air!).
It was no surprise that Vin and the Mac would actually meet—I mean, it's his retirement party after all! But I wasn't prepared for the wave of emotions that washed over me when I actually saw proof that it happened. Particularly this image of Vin and Stevie Nicks, kindly locking eyes :
How's this for a photo op? Vin meets Stevie Nicks backstage. #LADFGala pic.twitter.com/z3kCP2yD87— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 29, 2016
I mean!! As a devoted disciple of the Book of Mac, and a lifelong Dodger fan who learned to talk by listening to Scully broadcasts (jk), I never would have imagined that these two worlds would collide... on the one hand, you have a rock band known for cocaine anthems, and on the other, a man who researches the history of beards in his free time. But, as John Muir once said, "When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." The meeting of Vin Scully and Fleetwood Mac is proof of the interconnectedness of human life, and I'm pretty sure I've reached enlightenment looking at all these Instagrams of the night.
As if things could get even more emotionally/spiritually loaded, Stevie Nicks apparently dedicated "Landslide" to Vin Scully.
In this video, we can see Stevie's little dedication speech, in which she struggles to comprehend how old Scully really is (88!) and how many years (67!) he's been on the job. "I just want to say to you, Mr. Scully, we are right behind you," Stevie says. "So this is for you with all our love, and just you know, keep doing what you do, we love you for it."
Of course, the tender, poignant performance was captured on video by none other than...Sly Stallone? ("Fantastic," he says, as he turns the camera back on himself at the end of the song.)
During his remarks that followed the set, Dodgers Insider reported that Vin said, "I wish I could sing with Fleetwood Mac... That would be a sight and a sound, wouldn't it?" I have never wanted anything more in my entire life than to bear witness to that. Though, we wonder how much Vin really knows about behind-the-scenes Fleetwood Mac history.
The celeb presence was on point. Scandal actress Bellamy Young captured the Mac playing "Don't Stop" (and managed to give a nice little shout-out to Hillary Clinton):
Happening now. Blowing my mind. I LOVE YOU @fleetwoodmac ! TY @Dodgers !Bless u #VinScully! Thinking of u #HRC!❤️🎉❤️ pic.twitter.com/xjbfr0u1fk— Bellamy Young (@BellamyYoung) July 29, 2016
Another god, ESPN's Ramona Shelburne was there, and posted this video of "Everywhere":
Sometimes I have the coolest job. Rocking out w @alannarizzo at @fleetwoodmac concert at Dodger Stadium. #LADFGala pic.twitter.com/qHiVWtBrEc— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 29, 2016
John Mayer cheesed it up during "Dreams":
Here's the full set list, basically ripped from Greatest Hits, naturally :
Incredible night of live music @fleetwoodmac #LADFGala honoring #VinScully #dodgers #FleetwoodMac #music #concert pic.twitter.com/4uOM9z5Wvp— Joni Milken-Noah (@malibuheaven1) July 29, 2016
According to the Dodgers' blog, when Scully took the stage after the set, he began by announcing a score update from the Giants game. Then, in true Vinny fashion, he told a 10-minute long story that "evolved over 10 minutes from Al Capone's murdered lawyer, 'Easy Eddie,' to the World War II hero Butch O'Hare, for whom the Chicago airport is named." Of course, it all came together to form a beautiful parable.
Variety notes that the event was attended by a bunch of celebs, who honestly PALE in comparison when you consider the real stars of the show. Anyway it looks like it was a good opportunity for outfielder Yasiel Puig to make a new #friend:
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