Scully, Koufax highlight Dodgers' home opener
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers rolled out some of the biggest, most popular names in the franchise's rich history for their home opener Friday afternoon against the Giants.
Vin Scully, the legendary voice of the Dodgers, drew a roaring response when he was chauffeured onto the Dodger Stadium warning track in a convertible to "So Happy Together," the Turtles classic.
Another roar greeted Magic Johnson, part of the Dodgers' ownership group, when he escorted Scully to the mound for the ceremonies. The former Fordham first baseman/outfielder next was joined by Dodgers greats Orel Hershiser, Fernando Valenzuela, Rick Monday, Ron Cey, Tommy Davis, Maury Wills, Don Newcombe, Tommy Lasorda and the incomparable Sandy Koufax.
Koufax and Scully shared a warm embrace at home plate after the great lefty accepted the ceremonial first-pitch game ball from the iconic announcer.
Scully and Koufax were the only participants not wearing their home white jerseys.
"When I was at Fordham, way back when, I wore No. 17," Scully said.
Never shy about taking a microphone, Lasorda got the sellout crowd in the mood.
"To all you great Dodger fans, it's time for Dodger baseball!" Lasorda told the crowd, making the opening delivery.
It was a great day for the faithful -- and for lefties. Scully, Koufax and Lasorda are all southpaws.