These were the memorable words of Vin Scully’s final call in his final game Dodger Stadium:
“Oh-and-one to Charlie, swung on, and a high fly ball to deep left field, the Dodger bench empties. Would you believe a home run? And the Dodgers have clinched the division and will celebrate on schedule. (pause) Leave it to the Dodgers. Charlie Culberson a game winning home run. What a moment to have it. And would you believe: His first home run of the year! So the Dodgers did what they hoped to do. It was a struggle, but they won it on their own merits, 4-3. The last home run that Charlie Culberson hit would be two years ago, in two thousand and fourteen against Cincinnati. So the Dodgers, for the fourth straight year, have won the National League division title in the West, and what a guy to do it: Charlie Culberson, after dramatic triple and a home run by Seager to keep them alive. Now they don’t care about the Padres and the Giants. Care not at all. And boy, did it work out perfectly — the final home game of the regular season.”
Here’s what it looked like in real time:
Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley lunges toward first base following through on a throw in a 14-1 win over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
The Dodgers couldn’t stop scoring in a 14-1 rout of the Colorado Rockies, but a San Francisco Giants win put their National League West clinching party on hold. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.
Rich Hill was scratched from Sunday’s start as a precautionary measure; Brandon McCarthy will start instead.
Sunday is Vin Scully’s final game behind the microphone at Dodger Stadium. In his final pre-retirement press conference, Scully discussed the time he was asked to run for governor of California.
Scully’s style touched generations of fans, writes Ryan Kartje. Scully was unique in style and substance, writes Mark Whicker.
Vin Scully reacts as Dodgers manager Dave Roberts brings out a check for $50,000 that was donated to the Jackie Robinson Foundation in his name. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)
The Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies in familiar fashion, 5-2, and can clinch the National League West title as early as tomorrowThe box score is here.
The photo gallery from the Vin Scully Appreciation Day ceremonies is here. In case you missed it, here’s what happened.
The Dodgers’ active roster swelled to 39, shifting the focus of the final week to potential playoff roster cuts.
Here’s what they were saying after the game. None of these interviews were included in my game story because of deadlines; the game ended at 11:26 p.m., followed by fireworks(!):
The first 50,000 fans in attendance at tonight’s game between the Dodgers and Colorado Rockies received a letter composed by Vin Scully. This is what it looked like:
And here is the complete text of the letter:
Can’t get enough of Vin Scully on Vin Scully Appreciation Day? Check out these links:
• A list ranking Scully’s 10 most memorable calls.
• Our randomized classic Vin Scully call generator.
• Vin Scully’s 67 seasons by the numbers.
• Columnist Tom Hoffarth explains why Vin Scully is the total package.