Vin Scully is in his 67th and final season in the Dodgers’ broadcast booth. (Getty Images)
If you go to the official White House website today, you’ll find a petition to award Vin Scully the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Here’s what it reads:
Vin Scully, is quite simply, a national treasure. This year marks his 67th and final season as a Dodgers broadcaster, starting his career when they were the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950. He is our national pastime’s greatest ambassador, an educator who imparts fans with the wealth of knowledge about the game and its players that he has accumulated over his illustrious career, and the voice of not just Dodger baseball, but all of baseball. No person living today more perfectly symbolizes what is great and admirable about our national pastime, and for this, we request that President Obama honor his indelible contributions to American culture with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The petition has a goal of 100,000 signatures by May 15. Since it was created today, there’s a long way to go.
Vin Scully is flanked by Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson and former owner Peter O’Malley during a pregame tribute Tuesday at Dodger Stadium. (David Crane/Staff photographer)
The Dodgers’ bullpen squandered another lead Tuesday. Only the opponent and venue changed from the general plotline the Dodgers observed in San Francisco. The game story is here. The box score is here.
Zack Greinke spoke about his return to Los Angeles in a Diamondbacks uniform.
If you drive into Dodger Stadium, you’ll notice that the “Vin Scully Avenue street signs” made it through City Hall’s red tape in time for Opening Day.
Colleague David Montero was on hand for the unveiling ceremony — along with Scully himself — on Monday. You can read his story here.
The Dodgers will hold a ceremony at 11:15 a.m. Monday to dedicate the newly renamed Vin Scully Avenue. The Los Angeles City Council made it official today.
The Dodgers earlier this week replaced the address on its “Welcome to Dodgers” entrance sign to read 1000 Vin Scully Avenue, in anticipation of today’s vote.
Several speakers today opposed changing the street’s name in honor of the Hall of Fame broadcaster who began announcing Dodger games when Harry S. Truman was president.
SportsNet LA has been unavailable to most of the Southern California market for its entire three-year existence. (Photo courtesy of SportsNet LA)
One day after Time Warner Cable announced it would reduce the rate it was charging AT&T/DirecTV to carry SportsNet LA, several people with a vested interest in the saga surrounding the Dodgers’ television channel voiced their opinion.