This golden nugget of greatness occurred before the bottom of the fourth inning began at Petco Park on Wednesday, in a game that the Dodgers would eventually win 4-3 over the Padres.
Scully continues to go on a slightly nonsensical, yet thoroughly enjoyable, ramble about a new DirecTV service called “DogTV. Then, the 85-year-old, smooth-voiced legend concluded with a relevant question: “Does that mean cats can’t watch it?”
Scully’s ability to be at the top of a difficult profession for decades upon decades and master his craft with grace, style, and accuracy is why he will forever be remembered as the greatest announcer who ever lived. The fact that Scully was able to tear viewers’ eyes away from game action to tune in with full attention to his brief tangent and end up just smiling with amusement, is beyond impressive.
He has the charm of a guffawing grandfather, the wit of a very old fox, and the voice of God (sorry, Morgan Freeman). Go ahead and watch the clip linked below and try not to smile as Scully giggles and gasps his way through a very troubling set of questions for someone who was born when Babe Ruth was still playing (though I’d argue his general knowledge of all this doggone technology us whippersnappers use these days is far superior to most people his age).
And, in fairness, the questions remain–what IS a hashtag? They really don’t make sense, beyond the “trendability” of such things. And though DirecTV’s concept is marvelous, what happens to my poor cat when all he sees on the tube all day is those dumb dogs chasing their tails? I can only imagine.
Take a look at Vin’s hilarious diatribe RIGHT HERE. Is this one of the best announcer moments in recent memory? Tell us in the comments below!
Oh…and for what it’s worth? After Scully’s little speech, #VinScully began trending on Twitter. Naturally.
– Jeremy Dorn (@Jamblinman)
Alright guys. The debate is re-opened at my request. It’s been announced that Bryan Mapes, our podcast host, blog father and Braves fan has tested positive for bobblehead testosterone recently.
Rather than strip him of any of his titles, we are going to just re-open one of the most popular debates Three Up, Three Down has ever seen.
Mapes represented the Sid Bream bobble a few months ago, and I was the Vin Scully bobble representative. We posted a picture of each and a poll to decide which piece of memorabilia you would rather own.
I regret to report that it was an overwhelming final tally: Mapes and his three-player bobble-slide won in a landslide over the simple, elegant, perfect bobble of the greatest announcer of all time sitting at his desk.
Speaking of Scully, he is throwing out the first pitch at tonight’s Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks game. They are finally releasing the beautiful Vin Scully bobblehead at Dodger Stadium tonight, and it’s guaranteed to be a hit.
And because I asked for it (Mapes isn’t really on testosterone – he’s just that good at everything, au naturale. Like Ryan Braun…okay, I’ll stop being mean.), we’re giving baseball fans a chance to vote again. It seems only fair to release this poll again, when the Scully bobblehead is actually being given away.
Here again is a picture of each, a short description, and that damned poll:
Vin Scully bobblehead
The greatest broadcaster of all time, perched at his desk, looking as handsome, intelligent and suave as ever. “It’s time for Dodgerrrrrr baseball!”
Sid Bream bobbleslide
One of the most famous moments in playoff history is depicted here, with Bream beating the tag with the series-winning run in the 1992 NLCS. Complete with the umpire signaling a triumphant “SAFE!”
Vote wisely, my friends.
– Jeremy Dorn (@Jamblinman)
Look, we’ve done the Bobble Battle on Three Up, Three Down once. Mapes destroyed me (though recent reports indicate he has ingested significant amounts of In-N-Out laced testosterone before blogging and will probably be suspended for about 50 minutes – I win by default!) in the Sid Bream Slide vs. Vin Scully bobble poll.
A straight travesty.
That being said, the Dodgers are on a roll in 2012 with bobbles. Scully, Kemp, Valenzuela, and from the end of July, a Kirk Gibson bobble.
But this isn’t a normal bobble. His head nods and shakes and does all that crazy stuff. But it is in commemoration of the iconic home run Gibby hit in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.
You all know the story. The Oakland A’s (playing in their first of three straight World Series, in which only 1989 would they be victorious), were the best team in baseball. They sent their star closer Dennis Eckersley to the mound to close out Game 1 of the ’88 series.
Gibson was the Dodgers’ star hitter that year, but had been hobbled by not one, but TWO ankle injuries. He wasn’t supposed to play. He said screw that, grabbed a bat, and made his way in to pinch hit in the bottom of the ninth inning. After a solid at-bat, Gibby finally got a hanging back door slider that he promptly whacked into the right field bleachers for a walk-off homer.
The Dodgers would end up winning that World Series, the last time they ever even appeared in the Fall Classic.
Speaking of classic, you know how the theatrics unfolded after the ball left the bat. A stumbling, limping Gibson making his way around first base and pumping that right arm in rhythmic fashion with a huge smile on his face. Manager Tommy Lasorda jumping up and down on his way out of the dugout to celebrate. Two historic calls by historic broadcasters Jack Buck and Vin Scully (“I don’t believeeeeee…what I just SAW!” – Buck/”In a year that has been so improbable, the IMPOSSIBLE has happened!” – Scully).
It’s not only one of the greatest postseason moments in Dodgers history. It’s one of the most incredible playoff moments in baseball – hell, sports – history! And the manufacturer did it right by adding a BOBBLE ARM to the piece.
The final product depicts Gibson rounding the bases with fist pump in full effect. So is it the greatest bobblehead of all-time? That’s asking a lot. But it’s got to be up there.
So I pose the question, baseball fans. Where would you rank this Kirk Gibson bobble head AND arm on your personal rankings all-time? Have you seen any better than this?
And for what it’s worth…yes. I am currently on eBay looking for a Gibby bobble. Don’t judge.
– Jeremy Dorn (@Jamblinman)
Is there anything better than getting some free stuff on your trip to the ballpark? Arguably, the most popular ballpark giveaway is the bobblehead doll. The bobblehead has become so popular the Miami Marlins even built a shrine to the figurines in their new ballpark.
There will be quite a few new additions to the museum this season, but none will top the “Sid Bream Slide” or the “Vin Scully” bobbleheads. Jeremy and I will plead our case as to why the one representing our favorite team should be the one you splurge on eBay to add to your collection.
The Case for the “Sid Bream Slide” Bobblehead:
Any true Braves fan and any true baseball historian should want to get their hands on this bobblehead on June 9th. This piece is already being hawked on eBay for the lowest price of $55 plus shipping. The bobblehead depicts one of the most exciting, if not the most exciting play in postseason history. Francisco Cabrera, the light-hitting back up catcher steps to the plate and delivers the unlikeliest of clutch hits. Sid Bream rounds third and is heading for home in seemingly slow motion. The throw comes in from future Hall of Famer Barry Bonds as Bream slides past Mark LaValliere’s tag…he’s safe! Just an unbelievable moment as the Braves were going to the World Series for the 2nd straight year after being in dead last place in 1990. The bobblehead perfectly chronicles the slide, even with Randy Marsh giving the safe call. It’s truly a great moment in baseball lore, plus you’re getting THREE bobbleheads not just one! Take a look.
The case for the Vin Scully bobblehead:
I need some redemption after being spanked by Mapes like a misbehaved child in our jersey draft earlier this season. So without further adieu, this is why you must add the Vin Scully bobblehead to your collection: let me do what any good sport does first, and give Mapes props – that triple bobblehead is EPIC. But not only is it not the best moment in postseason history, but it would be ranked behind about ten of Scully’s personal broadcast calls. Look, all I have to say is if you know sports, you know Vin Scully. He is far and away the greatest sports broadcaster in the world, and you’d be hard pressed to find someone who disagrees. Just listen to the legend announce one game and you’ll agree with me. Scully has been announcing Dodger games for 63 years, the longest tenured play-by-play man for one team in professional sports history. Bream’s slide was a big moment, but there is no bigger off-the-field figure in baseball than Scully. Go grab his crazy, bobbling head at Dodger Stadium on August 30th. And then send me one. Please?
Which bobblehead are you dying to get your hands on? Let us know! Both is acceptable answer in this case!
-Jeremy Dorn (@jamblinman) & Bryan Mapes (@IAmMapes)