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Vin Scully’s work motivated many in the Angels organization

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LOS ANGELES, CA - April 12, 2016: Announcer
Dodgers announcer Vin Scully is honored with home plate on his final opening day on April 12, 2016 at Dodger Stadium. (Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times)

Vin Scully has always been more than just a voice Dodgers baseball. He was an icon, a friend, a legend, a mentor, a friendly face who treated everyone he met with respect, humility and kindness. He was more than words could describe. It was enough to meet him, or maybe just listen to him on game day, to feel the effect of Vin Scully.

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scully died at age 94 on Tuesday. The news shocked Dodgers organization and all of baseball. To the environment of the team of large companies, including Angels in Anaheim, they paid tribute to their favorite TV presenter.

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For many, Scully was their introduction to the sport. For others, he has been an inspiration for their careers. For some, he was both. And that influence extended beyond baseball.

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Patrick O’Neill — who is in his first season as the Angels’ anchor, ninth season overall with the Angels — grew up listening to Scully’s games.

“That’s how I fell in love with the game of baseball and Vin Scully was really the reason I wanted to be a TV presenter,” O’Neal said.

O’Neal, who had previously worked as a reporter and broadcaster for the Dodgers for nine years, first met Scully in 2005.

“He touched us all so much,” O’Neill said. “He impacted everyone’s lives here in Southern California. He is the greatest TV presenter of all time. Not only baseball. He was the kindest person. He will meet you for the first time and will never forget your name.”

Matt Vasgersian remembered his first meeting with Scully as a fan. Now also an Angels broadcaster and national broadcaster for the MLB Network, Vasgersian won the contest while in USC call half an inning of a Dodgers game in 1989 on a tape recorder with Al Downing. That day he met Scully.

About 10 years later, Vasgersian recalled having to announce the Brewers-Dodgers game at Dodger Stadium—Vasgersian called games by the Brewers, the first team he worked for in his first season as a major league broadcaster—and heard Scully call the same play that and him from the booth next to him.

“At the time, it just struck me, as if I had nothing to do here,” Vasgersyan said. “Actually, I am announcing the same event that Vin Scully is announcing.

“It was never about him,” Vasgersian recalled of Scully’s personality. “He was the best, he knew he was the best. … He never needed to remind anyone of who he was or how great he was.”

Scully’s impact went far beyond the booth. Coaches and players throughout the league also wanted to know and date him.

Interim Angels manager Phil Nevin began his post-game press conference on Tuesday wanting to talk about Scully.

Nevin said one of his fondest memories was seeing Scully say his name on the air three years after his major league career.

“It was like, ‘Wow,'” Nevin said, “I’m in the big leagues.” ”

Angels beat back Mike Trout took the time to get to know Scully before Wednesday’s game.

“It was an honor for me to be able to go out there and play at Dodger Stadium when he announced me on a plate and, you know, broadcast the game,” Trout said.

Trout first met Scully in the early years of his major league career. Former Angels manager Mike Sciosha brought him to the press room where Scully was.

Trout couldn’t remember the details of their conversation, but said it was “a pretty special moment for me just because I had to sit down and talk to him and just understand the importance of what he brought to the game.” Only the joy it brought.”

Trout added, “He meant a lot to everyone.”

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.




Source: sports.yahoo.com

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