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As we all look forward to the end of the regular season, so we can begin the playoffs (hopefully), it also comes at a cost and that's the impending departure of Vin. It was an inevitabily we all knew would come one day, and when it was announced last year, it was something that was still something we could put off. Sadly, beginning tomorrow, Vin begins his final homestand. By Wednesday night, Vin will never call another Giants vs. Dodgers game in Los Angeles. Making matters worse is that after 10-2-16, that's it, he's done. No playoffs.
So to cut to the chase: throughout the year, and I'm sure increasingly over the next few weeks, there's been a ton of Vin Scully articles. You get the usual career recap and all the moments in baseball history that he's been apart of, and all of that is great. But I've always found those things to be more historical recaps, more trivia knowledge than anything else. It doesn't necessarily tell me why someone is great. And it's something that you see a lot with figures who've been around for a while. That is, they ultimately get revered not so much because they were great, but because they've been around for decades and haven't left. Larry King, for instance, has been around and has interviewed some notable figures, and I think he's one of the most braindead interviewers ever (no offense to the Larry King Marching Chowder Society... all 3 of you). Joe Buck has witnessed historical baseball moments and has managed to make them all worse with his arrogant bloviating. He's still awful. Conversely, Tim McCarver seems like a nice guy, and I still want to stab my ear drums whenever I hear him on TV.
Because of this, I wanted to start a thread and ask the membership here (also all 3 of you), some of whom have been listening to Vin for a little while, or if you're Kyle, have listened to him for his entire 67 year career: what is it that makes Vin the greatest broadcaster of all-time? Why does he deserve to be revered in the way he has? Or put differently: when you have a grandkid (if not already) who isn't as emotionally tied into this stuff as we are, what's your best sales pitch for why he should hold Vin with the reverence that we do? Now this thread, along with the thread title, isn't meant in a negative way, or in some stand offish type of way; clearly I love Vin. But with his career now officially coming to a close, I wanted to open this up for all of us to recount, review, (for better or worse) and kind of document his storied 67 year career, and what he's meant to you over the years.
So go for it.