By Haydee Vicedo-Imai
It’s not a radio, so much as a princess-pink 13” Sony TV circa late 1980s, that reminds me most of the iconic Los Angeles Dodgers announcer Vin Scully. This rosy-hued machine lived in the bedroom I used to share with my younger sister in our childhood home. On the night of October 15, 1988, this television was tuned in to Game 1 of the World Series between my beloved Dodgers and the Oakland A’s. My two sisters and I ran back and forth between that small television and a bigger one in the family room, where my father sat, to watch the important game. The three of us mainly huddled around that small-ass TV, though, listening to Vin’s voice as if we were using it to keep us warm.
Vin Scully’s voice has kept me warm since we met in 1984 when my family and I moved to Los Angeles from the Philippines, just two weeks after the baseball season started that year. We became instant Dodgers fans upon our arrival. I’m not sure where and when I met Vin’s voice for the first time; all I know is that once I heard it, I knew I was home. He, along with Lakers’ announcer Chick Hearn, welcomed us to this city; the two being perfect Los Angeles ambassadors.
Here’s the deal with Vin, he told stories. He didn’t just talk about Pedro Guerrero’s batting average or Fernando Valenzuela’s ERA. He also told great anecdotes about how much of a big-brother type mentor Guerrero had been to then rookie and fellow Dominican Mariano Duncan in the ’85 season. His next sentence would then be about Valenzuela’s hometown in Mexico. He told tales like these about the players which personalized the game for fans like me. It was then no surprise that I was an utterly devastated teenager when Guerrero was traded for John Tudor in ’88 and Valenzuela released in ’91. I had gotten to know and grown to love these players from Vin’s stories. The Frozen princesses would probably have been useful for us back then to help us let go.
But I have really digressed to the nth degree, haven’t I? Let’s go back to that fantastic October night in 1988. We now all know what happened in the game. Jose Canseco hit a grand slam in the 2nd inning that almost broke my heart. Almost. Thank goodness seven innings later Kirk Gibson decided to give everyone a real Hollywood ending and hit a walk-off two-run homerun to win the first game. As soon as he hit that slider, and I heard those famous words that fell out of Vin’s mouth: “In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened…”; it was pandemonium in the Vicedo household. My poor Dad can only watch as his three crazy Dodgers-loving daughters scream like we were being kidnapped, jump around like House of Pain was our own personal soundtrack and run around the house like crazed maniacs.
In a year that has been so improbable, the (impossibly difficult) has happened…Vin Scully is no longer the voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Haydee Vicedo-Imai is a freelancer writer out of Los Angeles. Her website www.fittingforty.com gives everyone the extra encouragement needed to meet life goals. Check it out! You many leave a comment here or send Haydee a message on the "Contact" tab of this site. I'll ensure she gets your message. -JG
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