Video: Vin Scully Signs Off With A Tear-Inducing Farewell Message
We knew it was coming, and yet we couldn't believe it until we saw it. That's right, Vin Scully has retired after calling his final out during Sunday's game at AT&T Park. He signed off with a final message after the game, and it is equal parts reassuring and devastating.
"May God give you for every storm a rainbow, every tear a smile, for every care a promise, and a blessing in each trial," said Scully. He added: "You and I have been friends for a long time, but I know in my heart that I've always needed you more than you've ever needed me." This, we can confirm, is inaccurate.
ESPN's Arash Markazi posted the embedded video above. You can also watch it with better quality at SportsNet LA (no, you won't need a subscription).
Scully's work for today's game was on par with what made him famous. The weather had been precarious for the first innings (overcast, on-and-off rain) and Scully managed to make even that entertaining. He made several mentions of the sky, calling the clouds "dreary" and, when it cleared up, he marveled at what he described as the "blue canopy."
While the last out was a bit anti-climactic (Rob Segedin flied out to left), and while the game itself was kind of meh (the Dodgers lost 7-1, with Joc Pederson landing on the ground pretty hard at one point) the Giants gave Vinny a pretty rousing sendoff. They brought out Willie Mays to give him a hug. They also dedicated a plaque that will be housed in the visiting announcer's booth. Even the fans were effusive with their admiration:
Thanks, Bay Area, for being so courteous to our pal. And thank you, Vin, for all the years. We'll see you around.