I watched the Giants clinch their fourth postseason berth in seven years on Sunday. But when I did, I was not watching the CSN Bay Area feed with Kruk and Kuip.
I watched the Dodgers feed to see Vin Scully’s final call.
Growing up a Giants fan in Dodger Country, I always appreciated Scully as a broadcaster. He was never a “homer” broadcaster. He remained fair to the game. If a big play was made by the opposition, he called it as a big play.
So I wanted to watch as he made his final sign-off.
Scully has made several goodbyes over his almost 70 years as a broadcaster. And when I thought about it, some of the most significant goodbyes — whether he knew it was a goodbye at the time or not — came in San Francisco with good results for the home team.
In addition to his 67 seasons as a Dodgers broadcaster, Scully has also had long stints calling games for a national TV audience.
From 1975 to 1982, he called golf and NFL games for CBS. The final NFL game he called was on Jan. 10, 1982 in San Francisco.
The 49ers beat the Cowboys and went on to win Super Bowl XVI, their first Super Bowl championship.
But after that game, Scully decided to move to NBC to call baseball games. He would call All-Star Games in 1983, 1985, 1987 and 1989, the World Series in 1984, 1986 and 1988 and the National League Championship Series in 1983, 1985, 1987 and 1989.
The final national TV broadcast of his career came on Oct. 9, 1989 in San Francisco.
The Giants would go on to beat the Cubs 3-2 to advance to the World Series for the first time in my lifetime.
After 1989, Scully returned largely to broadcasting just Dodgers games on TV.
And that long career came to an end on Oct. 2, 2016 in San Francisco, once again.
The Giants clinched the wild-card spot.
So thank you, Vin, for all you gave over the years.
And thanks for being part of some big moments in San Francisco sports history.