August 2010

Vin Returns for 2011

Hanging out in the hardware store doesn’t sound appealing to Dodger Hall of Fame Broadcaster Vin Scully. He recalled the 1994 baseball strike and how bored he was sitting at home. That thought was one of the reasons the Scully decided that he would come back for an unprecedented 62nd season.

 

“It wasn’t one of those things where you lose sleep at night, but you do think, ‘What do I do if I don’t do this?'” said Scully. “And I remember my mom and dad back in New Jersey, they would look out the window and guess whether they were going to see a Ford or Chevy go by and I used to think, ‘Whoa.’ And during the strike back in ’94, I’d play golf every day and that got old. Then I’d go and have lunch with people and that got old. And then I found myself spending an awful lot of time in the hardware store looking at nuts and bolts and screws and that was on my mind and I thought, ‘Not yet. As long as you feel the way you feel, not yet.'”

 

He will continue to call all Dodger home games and road games against National League West opponents.  His 61 years of service with the Dodgers is the longest tenure of any broadcaster in sports history. There was speculation, though, that the beloved broadcaster would not return next season.

 

“There was a story in the paper that said, ‘Only Scully knows,’ but that’s incorrect,” said Scully. “Only God knows just how long I’ll continue to work. But I am very grateful to have the opportunity to be with the Dodgers for all these years. It’s a marvelous organization. The game of baseball I love with all my heart and soul and I found in the deep recesses of my mind that I did not want to sever the relationship.”

 

Scully began his baseball broadcasting career in 1950, and since then has gone on to call three perfect games, 19 no-hitters, 25 World Series and 12 All-Star Games. He was also at the microphone for Kirk Gibson’s miraculous Game 1 walk-off home run in the 1988 World Series, Hank Aaron’s record-setting 715th home run, Barry Bonds’ record-

breaking 71st, 72nd and 73rd home runs and the record-breaking scoreless-inning streaks of Dodger greats Don Drysdale and Orel Hershiser. In 1982, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

 

“I’ve had a love affair with this game since I was I guess 8 or 9 years old and I tried to play it and I realized how hard it is to play it on the level the Major Leaguers play,” said Scully. “And I’ve been intrigued by their abilities, that plus the love of the game still produces goosebumps and I think that might be my thermometer. Every time there’s a good play — the other night when the kid at second base threw the ball to first behind his back I had goosebumps like it was the first big league game I’d ever seen. And I went home thinking, ‘Holy mackerel, it’s still deep inside of me, this love for the game.'”

A BREATH OF FRESH AIR

By Andrea Metcalf, contributor to Oprah.com
While the weather is still beautiful, getting outside and taking a few deep breaths might help lower your blood pressure.  

Whether you are taking a walk to the park or sitting on a lawn chair, research suggests breathing that slowly for a few minutes a day is enough to help some people lower their blood pressure. 

By reducing stress in your life and taking time for yourself, you’ll lengthen your lifespan by 3-5 years according to research.  

Bark in the Park

There are Dodger Dogs and then there are Dodger dogs. For the first time in Dodger Stadium history, both are part of the experience. On Saturday, Aug. 21, the Dodgers will hold their inaugural Bark in the Park at Dodger Stadium, presented by Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc. Fans that purchase a special event ticket in the All-You-Can-Eat Right Field Pavilion are invited to bring their dogs to the park and help cheer on their home team as the Dodgers host the Cincinnati Reds at 7:10 p.m.

 

Part of the festivities includes a pregame “Pup Rally” in Parking Lot G between the Left and Right Field Pavillions. Each pup and their owners will check in at this location and receive a goodie bag. Fans can participate in contests and watch a rally featuring skateboarding dog Tillman. After the “Pup Rally” fans will parade around the warning track of the field with their dogs.

 

The Dodgers will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Los Angeles.

 

Basically, Dodger fans can bring their Dodger dogs to the game and eat some Dodger Dogs in the pavilion, while watching some other dog lovers.

 

Andre Ethier has a dog named Lil Wayne. Jonathan Broxton has six dogs. Russell Martin has a boxer. And Joe Torre has a pair of dogs of his own.

 

All dog owners must bring a copy of a current rabies vaccination document from a licensed veterinarian and all dogs must wear an ID tag to the game and be accompanied by someone 18 years or older.