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Dodgers fans can totally sink Vin Scully’s career if they want to

Aug 24, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

Vin Scully AP

I’ve talked about my love-hate relationship with T.J. Simers before. Sometimes he’s nasty, cheap and intolerable. Sometimes, though, he’s pretty funny. Today is a good day.

Seems the Dodgers have sent out fan surveys about their announcing crew. Which is pretty cool. Nothin’ wrong with getting fan feedback. Except, as Simers notes, it’s a bit awkward in that it includes Vin Scully.  And Vin Scully is not exactly a guy who is or should be subject to fan referendum at this point in his illustrious career.  Any negative feedback he receives is almost, by definition, insane. He’s the beloved tenured professor who isn’t gonna have anything bad happen to him if an undergrad says his exams were too hard during evaluations. But he’s on the survey anyway because it would probably make Charlie Steiner and Steve Lyons and those other guys feel bad if they were reminded so clearly that they are not the top dog.

Anyway, Simers fills out a survey for Scully and the results are funny, clever and have the enjoyable effect of slamming the McCourts even though this column isn’t really about them.  Can’t ask for much more.

  1. Jeff J. Snider - Aug 24, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    My uncle is an Angels fan. (He’s also only barely functional due to years of drug abuse, but I’m not drawing any parallels.) He doesn’t like Vin Scully, thinks he doesn’t know what he is talking about. His evidence? “A guy got a hit, and Vin Scully called it a ‘line drive’! But it didn’t go down the line, it went RIGHT UP THE MIDDLE!”

    Just some evidence that all criticism of Vinny is insane.

    • rusoviet - Feb 13, 2013 at 8:06 PM

      vin dawg is the real con – gets a mlb gig at 23 and never looked back. Anyone who has the nerve to mock this demi-god runs the risk of being sacked and/or banned.

      This phony ‘humble’ act of his is enabled by the likes of Simers and the horde of spear carriers that would consider it an honor to clean the commode once this clown used it after eating 4 lbs. of yak meat.

      Without a doubt the biggest con in the history of sports broadcasting – hey vin-dawg what are you paid a year? Understand the mlb ballplayers ‘may’ get 5 years on average – but you oh dawg man vin hell you’ve had a smooth run for over 60 years – man talk about paying your dues = not!

  2. dondada10 - Aug 24, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    Vin Scully, a Fordham Prep grad, is the absolute greatest ever.

  3. cur68 - Aug 24, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Well sh!t. Just when I was getting comfy with my hate & ridicule of the guy he comes out in favor of The Mighty Vin. Especially as he’s taking the pi$$ out of a survey. A survey which IMO is pretty lacking in measurement value. They better have defined “storytelling”. Do we mean a story relevant to the current game, play or situation or a story completely irrelevant to it? Plenty of the latter get told by certain play by play blowhards. At any rate, TJ Simers has eased up a notch in my estimation.

    • pauleee - Aug 24, 2011 at 3:13 PM

      Don’t be so quick to rejudge. Simers will no doubt be a complete dick in his next column. What could he possibly say here? Any slam against Scully is indefensible, the man is an institution.

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 24, 2011 at 4:04 PM

        Would this mean that Simers is due?

  4. Jonny 5 - Aug 24, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Scully has a voice only Angels could hate. Due to jealousy mostly.

  5. missthedayswhenwedidnthavetologin - Aug 24, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    Shrugs. Dude’s boring (That’s the Comment Section Heel’s way of smackin’ Calcaterra in the skull with a steel chair) *Acts like Nyjer Morgan now to further along the heel turn*

    • cur68 - Aug 24, 2011 at 2:59 PM

      miss’: what’s all this mean? Like, which dudes boring; Simers or Scully? Also, am I missing some obscure Nyjerism or does our last your last sentence make no sense? And what’s the ” * ” for?

      • Alex K - Aug 24, 2011 at 3:12 PM

        Cur- He is calling Vin boring.

        With the Tony Plush mention I believe he is refering to last year’s brawl in Miami when Morgan went crazy.

        I assume the “*” denotes action. Like he was acting like Morgan.

        Methinks he’s just stirring the pot and trying to be funny. It didn’t work.

      • cur68 - Aug 24, 2011 at 3:30 PM

        Ahhhh…thanks Alex. I’m looking for an excuse to comfortably going back to considering Simers a dick and was hoping this was it. Looks like paulee has come the rescue though. Simers is a dick. And Vin isn’t boring.

  6. dailyrev - Aug 24, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    He’s a walking, talking, breathing baseball encyclopedia. He has stuff in his memory that anyone else would have to research. And even when he gets weird it’s utterly delightful. Earlier this season LA was playing an interleague game vs. Detroit and the Tiger OFer Brendan Boesch comes up. Scully goes into a speech about a 15th c. artist named Hieronymus Bosch (“and if you’ve ever seen any of this guy’s paintings, you will never, ever forget them…”).

    In short, Scully represents all the good and the beautiful in this game, what sets it utterly apart from other American sports. He has already deserved every honor that will come to him.

  7. tuftsb - Aug 24, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    Yes, Scully may be a broadcasting legend, but how many people have died from eating those Farmer John’s pork sausages?

  8. Jeff J. Snider - Aug 24, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    One of the biggest travesties in the world is that there isn’t a great Vin Scully biography available. Actually, it’s the fact that there’s a terrible Vin Scully bio available, so there’s not as much incentive for someone to write a good one.

    • Lukehart80 - Aug 24, 2011 at 3:46 PM

      It would seem like such a book would be a baseball writer’s dream, because it would entail getting paid to spend a ton of time with Vin Scully. Someone call Posnanski, get him to rush the Paterno project and move onto this one.

  9. thomas2727 - Aug 24, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Time to get the Vin Scully to do the 2011 World Series on television crusade restarted.

  10. fearlessleader - Aug 24, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    I admire, respect, and adore everything about Vin Scully….but I don’t enjoy listening to him call a baseball game. I don’t admit that very often, living here in SoCal, but the truth is that growing up with Jack Buck’s voice in my ear spoiled me for anyone else.

    The great thing about Vin, though, is that even if he’s not your cup of tea, you just can’t dislike the guy. And I don’t. I hope he’ll keep bringing his stories and his warmth to the Dodger faithful for as long as he chooses to.

  11. jeffa43 - Aug 24, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    Will never forget John Rocker wiping his face over and over with his glove between wild pitches, and taking about a minute between pitches…. Vinny, the class act that he is, said…. The kid is just a mess…. Later ESPN showed the highlight and said hat translates to other announcers calling Rocker a piece of S*%!… Vinny always makes the propper comment… always! He is the best.

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