LOS ANGELES – It may have been the home opener for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, but in reality it was a celebration for hall of fame broadcaster Vin Scully who was embarking upon his 67th and final Opening Day at Dodger Stadium.
The celebration started with friend and fellow broadcaster Al Michaels, whose iconic voice towered over the stadium's PA system as he narrated an emotional video tribute for Scully. After the two-minute video – which featured Hank Aaron and Kirk Gibson – Michaels suddenly appeared on the field, microphone in hand.
First, he introduced Dodgers great, Don Newcombe – the starting pitcher on Scully's inaugural broadcast in 1950. Newcome was succeeded on the field by a bounty of baseball legends, most of which donned Dodger blue at one point or another.
Maury Wills, Sandy Koufax, Hank Aaron( by video), AL Downing, Rick Monday , Steve Garvey, Bill Russell, Ron Cey, Fernando Valenzuela, Orel Hershiser, Tommy Lasorda and Clayton Kershaw all were on the field to honor Scully as they formed a straight line from the pitcher's mound to the batter's box.
Scully himself, was then escorted into the batter's box at home play by Lakers legend and team owner, Magic Johnson, as well as former owner Peter O'Malley.
The ceremonial first pitch was a baseball signed by all the players present on the field, and it was passed from person to person as it made its way to Scully. The crowd gave Scully a standing ovation, which seemed to last for an eternity as fans in attendance fought back tears of bittersweet joy.
Minutes later – and after a historic Dodgers' selfie – the game began, but before Scully could make it back to the broadcast birth, making it the first time in his 67-year career that he did not make it back to the booth in time for the first pitch.