“The Catch”

I remember listing to this game on the radio on the way back from my grandparents house. I was a die-hard Cowboys fan (I was nine. I didn’t know any better). I remember lying on the floor in the back of our van, paralyzed with anguish, as Joe Montana coolly ripped out my heart.

I just discovered today that Vin Scully did the play-by-play for “The Catch.” The play begins at the 6:00 mark. Scully knows how to call a big moment. Once the catch is secure in Dwight Clark’s hands, Scully remains silent and lets the moment speak for itself. He’s silent for roughly 30 seconds. Even Hank Stramm, the color commentator, keeps his mouth shut. Refreshing when compared to today’s current flock of yammering magpies.

P.S. Check out the guy in the white suit and fedora (6:39). It think that might be Al Green. Priceless.

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Vin Scully

When people ask if I like poetry, I often hem and haw. I don’t read much poetry, mostly because I lack any internal sense of timing or meter; much of it is lost on me. What I do love is when the inherent beauty of language is revealed to me-the rhythms, the imagery, the innumerable possibilities.

Vin Scully is a master of language. If you do not know who he is, too bad for you. Vin Scully has been the radio and TV announcer for the Los Angeles Dodgers for almost 60 years. He’s the best thing about Los Angeles, a treasure that we can hold up to San Francisco, Chicago, and New York and say, “sorry folks, you can’t have him. He’s ours.”

Thankfully, this article still lives on Salon.com. It’s a transcript of Vin Scully calling the ninth inning of Sandy Koufax’s perfect game against the Cubs in 1965. For those of you who are familiar with Vin Scully’s voice, you’re welcome. For those of you who are not, don’t worry; the poetry is still there.