Dodgers, fans join in a touching tribute to Scully

August 6th, 2022

LOS ANGELES -- Six years ago, on the day of his last broadcast at Dodger Stadium, Vin Scully hung a sign under the TV booth that read, “I’ll miss you.” On Friday, it was the Dodger Stadium crowd’s turn to send a message to Scully, who died on Tuesday at the age of 94.

“We’ll miss you,” read the new sign below the TV booth at Dodger Stadium.

Though the Dodgers were focused on playing a much-improved Padres team on the field, the pregame ceremonies were all about Scully. The Dodgers set up tributes throughout Dodger Stadium, adding bouquets of flowers wherever there was Scully memorabilia.

The Dodgers will be wearing an honorary patch to recognize Scully for the remainder of the season. Some of Scully’s most prized possessions -- including his World Series rings -- will be featured at Dodger Stadium beginning Aug. 19.

At the entrance of Dodger Stadium, with the welcome sign denoting the address as 1000 Vin Scully Avenue, fans dropped letters, posters, jerseys and thank you signs to the man who became the voice of the Dodgers throughout his Hall of Fame career.

Just minutes before the game, both the Dodgers and Padres lined up down the first- and third-base lines, respectively. Both teams took part in a moment of silence, followed by a tribute video to the legendary broadcaster. “Vin” was painted behind the mound.

The entire Dodgers team then huddled around the mound, watching another tribute video of Scully, which included photos with some current and former Dodgers players and broadcasters. Manager Dave Roberts then shared a few words about Scully.

“He’s the connection, the fabric from the fans to the organization,” Roberts said. “Players change; teams are different. But he was the one constant. And so every night, when you turn on the game, hearing his voice was consistent. And he was the conduit for many to share stories, paint pictures and call a ballgame.”

Following the series of tributes before the game Friday, Roberts invited the Dodger Stadium crowd to ring the five words that Scully loved saying the most:

“It’s time for Dodger baseball!”