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Vin Scully: “That is blinkin’ fertilizer”

Aug 7, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

Vin Scully was on the case last night when Jim Tracy came out to argue the catch/trap play on Shane Victorino‘s drive to center. Go to around the two minute mark of this video to see his valuable translation services of Tracy’s tirade:

“He caught the blinkin’ ball … he caught the darn ball … THAT IS BLINKIN’ FERTILIZER … you gotta be blinkin’ me … blinkin’ unbelievable.”

The best part, though, is Scully noting that this whole sequence took way, way longer than any sort of replay procedures would have, thereby undermining the only argument against replay that Joe Torre and Bud Selig ever manage to muster.

Which, even though the umps got this call right, is another argument in favor of replay: it eliminates extended manager arguments. At least if you make a “no arguing replay calls” rule and enforce it with fines and auto-ejections.

  1. fawnliebowitz - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    It didn’t look like the umps got it right, though. Watching the many replays of it it looked like the ball landed in the webbing while the glove was touching the ground. It looked like the ball got all glove and no ground.

    • shaggylocks - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:36 AM

      Agreed. That looked like a catch for sure. Vin sure thought so.

    • paperlions - Aug 7, 2012 at 1:05 PM

      I think they got the call right, when the ball hits the edge of the webbing it first goes down then back up…what probably made it come back up? The ground….because that was the only thing below the ball.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 7, 2012 at 1:19 PM

        The ground may have made the ball bounce back up, but it sure looks like the webbing was between the ball and the ground the whole time.

    • shawndc04 - Aug 7, 2012 at 1:32 PM

      It sure looked like a catch on slo-mo. What I don’t understand is what umpire had a better angle to overrule the original call by the first base umpire.

  2. cur68 - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    That was the best blinkin translation of a profanity laced tirade I have ever heard. Vin’s gotta put that to music. He could rap the whole thing to the “Jump Around” music track.

    And yeah, replay would have been too inconclusive to overturn this. Original call should stand: out.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Aug 7, 2012 at 1:09 PM

      Vinnie is the best lip reader in baseball. Dodgers fans have experienced his translation services for decades.

      • cur68 - Aug 7, 2012 at 1:35 PM

        He’s taught me some stuff, too. I did not know that Dan Uggla = Dan Owl in Swedish. Think of the ripple effect here: first, owl = uggla, so when the Swedish Chef is cooking something, I know a bit more about it. Second, the Swedes have owls: who knew? Well we do now, thanks Vin. Third, Uggla is Swedish. I didn’t know that either. This explains why he’s built like a Viking. This is but a smattering of the stuff I’ve learned from Vin Scully.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Aug 7, 2012 at 2:03 PM

        Exactly. I’m usually halfway through my, “You’re Uggla!” chant (“That’s right, I said you’re Uggla!”) before starts Vin shaming me with North East Atlantic coastal culture.

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    “Uh-oh, you’re gone.”

  4. mcs7584 - Aug 7, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Replay might have taken less time than Tracy’s argument with the ump but it wouldn’t have been nearly as entertaining.

  5. xpensivewinos - Aug 7, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    “Extended arguments?”

    How about virtually every argument?

    One of the things that has gotten lost in the shuffle with the whole replay thing is the virtual elimination of the ridiculous and time-consuming confrontations that take place between umpires and players and umpires and managers/coaches. Conversations would no longer need to escalate into wars and many games would not take nearly as long.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 7, 2012 at 2:22 PM

      Dear Vinny and everyone else,
      How many times must I explain this? The paid attendance for this game was more than 32,000, which is all the evidence anyone should need to scientifically conclude that nobody, and I mean nobody, wants any form of expanded replay in MLB. End of story. So would the millions of you who do want replay so we can ensure that game outcomes are the fairest they can possibly be, and so that games aren’t delayed by useless arguments, please stop pestering those of who are wise enough to know you don’t really exist? Thank you.
      Bud Light

      *that does mean Lots of Love, right?

  6. mcs7584 - Aug 7, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    “You know what, it doesn’t matter what we think.”


  7. townballblog - Aug 7, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    The greatest gift the baseball Gods could give to us is to have Vin Scully do every game on the schedule, all seaon long, for every team.

  8. bigleagues - Aug 7, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    To CEO Selig:

    Color me stupid, but that sure sounded as if one of the only guys in the game older than you just unequivocally threw his support behind instant replay.

    ” We have all this equipment. They say it would slow down the game. But what did that just do?”

  9. highlander24 - Aug 7, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    I love it. Go Vin. And good point about replay.

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