Locals Bid Farewell to Vin Scully; Longtime Dodgers Announcer Retiring

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SCRANTON -- Fans said goodbye to longtime baseball broadcaster Vin Scully. The Dodgers legend delivered his final play-by-play call inside Dodger Stadium, and for people here in our area, hundreds of miles away, the day is bittersweet.

Ask most baseball players young and old, professional and Little League about their ballpark dreams, and many of them will imagine hitting the game-winning home run. Ask them about who is delivering the play-by-play call and the name is most likely Vin Scully.

Vin Scully has been the voice behind Dodger baseball games for 67 years.

Now, super fans like Fr. Francis Pauselli, the pastor at St. Joseph's Church in Scranton, are saying goodbye to the baseball legend who is retiring.

"It's going to be interesting to listen to a Dodger game in the future and not hear his voice. The two are almost synonymous," said Pauselli.

But it wasn't always that way. Pauselli spent many days in former Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda's office and is pretty sure he met Scully, not knowing the legend he would become.

"I met many of the Dodger players and I'm sure at one point in time, Vin came in and I was introduced to him," Pauselli added.

As Pauselli watched players tip their caps to Scully on his big screen, Andy Lane Chapman of Lake Ariel watched from the stands.

"It's a little bittersweet because I can't listen to him at his last game, but I recorded it at home so I can listen to it when I get back," Chapman said.

Chapman had planned a trip out west for months, not knowing she would end up at Dodger Stadium for Scully's final home game.

"Being a Dodger fan living in Pennsylvania, I'm never part of the home team,” Chapman added. “But this is incredible. It's a lifetime dream--dream of a lifetime for me."

Scully's final game will be next Sunday on the road in San Francisco against the Giants.