Keeping the faith: Writing Vin Scully’s cue card
The Bucs hosted Faith Night, their most engaging promotion, Thursday. Following the game against the Mets, thousands of fans remained to hear impassioned speeches delivered by, among others, Andrew McCutchen, Mark Melancon and Jason Grilli.
The occasion took me back to the early ‘80s, when the Texas Rangers still played in Arlington Stadium and fans still flocked to Dodger Stadium toting transistor radios — their umbilical cords to Vin Scully since the club’s arrival from Brooklyn in 1958.
The Rangers held something similar to a Faith Night. I don’t recall its exact label, but the promotion was that fans showing IDs that authenticated their church affiliation got a $2 discount on tickets.
In town covering the Angels for the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, I included in my game notes a throwaway line about the Rangers making up that revenue by charging an extra $2 for atheists.
Days later, I was told — that’s how we found out about things before the Internet, social networks, YouTube — that Vin Scully read that note on the air — and 40,000 people in Dodger Stadium roared in laughter.
Having Vin Scully read any words you wrote would be anybody’s life highlight. Qualifies as mine.