The Dodgers went all out to honor former broadcaster Vin Scully on Friday night before they played the Padres. Scully, who died this week at 94, was the team’s broadcaster for 67 seasons, dating back to their time in Brooklyn.
It was the team’s first home game since Scully died on Tuesday night.
“He was the Dodgers,” third baseman Justin Turner told reporters following the team’s game against the Giants Tuesday night. “I think a lot of heavy hearts in here tonight hearing that news.”
Back at home, the Dodgers held a moment of silence, then played an 11-minute tribute video highlighting memorable moments from Scully’s career. The team then played a slideshow, with players and coaches gathered on the field to watch, with “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” playing underneath the photographs.
The mound also featured a logo tribute to Scully, and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts revealed a banner underneath the broadcast booth reading, “Vin — We’ll Miss You! — Dodgers fans.”
There are also various tributes to Scully throughout Dodger Stadium, including photos and a place in the team’s Ring of Honor. The Dodgers are also wearing a patch honoring him for the rest of the season.
The outpouring of grief over Scully’s death has extended to civic landmarks in the city of Los Angeles, many of which were lit up blue this week to honor the man said to have helped introduce the Dodgers to the city.
Fittingly, the Dodgers’ ceremony concluded with Roberts leading the crowd in Scully’s catchphrase: “It’s time for Dodgers baseball.”