The results today didn’t matter and the Dodgers certainly played like the results didn’t matter. On Vin Scully’s final day the Dodgers did not give him the win that he deserved. The Dodgers had already decided that these final week of games are worthless and not important. So they played like that. The proof is obvious since the club has won just once since clinching the division on the last game of the home stand against Colorado. Getting swept again in San Francisco and letting the Giants walk into the playoffs is still an embarrassment. Final Score Giants 7 Dodgers 1.
Dodgers 1 4 0
Giants 7 16 0
All of that was secondary to the tribute given to Vin Scully throughout the day. The Giants honored him by handing out cards to all the fans that read “Thank you Vin”. They had a special meeting between Vin and Willie Mays as they dedicated a plaque to both men. Vin dominated twitter and social media with fans and celebrities alike giving him goodbyes and thanking him. Not surprisingly Vin wanted the focus to remain on the game. The humble announcer doesn’t want any kind of ceremonious recognition. As he told his family in the booth “I love you guys, but I have to go back to work”.
As if Vin’s last day on the job wasn’t sad enough, the Dodgers play was even sadder. I won’t bore you with the awful details of this game. Starting pitcher Kenta Maeda was horrible, allowing five earned runs in the first two frames. The Dodgers were down 5-0 before chairs were warm.
The Dodger bats were flaccid and lackadaisical with little to no energy. The game was littered with terrible at-bats and plate approaches as the Dodgers did nothing but make routine outs against opposing left handed starter Matt Moore who limited the Dodgers to just 3 hits over seven innings. Pop-ups, and weak grounders were the norm. The Dodgers have scored 4 runs in this three-game series. Pathetic honestly. The Dodgers finish the season 91-71 and will open the NLDS in Washington on Friday night.
I guess the only positive notes about this game was a good relief appearance for Alex Wood and the fact the Dodgers scored a run avoiding being shut out. Today was all about Vin Scully, even if he didn’t want it to be. The postseason picture is set as the Dodgers play Washington and the Cubs will play the wild card winner which will be either the Giants or Mets.
Even though Vin didn’t want any attention on himself, the game centered around him. Rightfully so too. Thank you Vin for 67 wonderful years. You have been such an integral part of Dodger baseball and we will never forget you.
We’ll miss you Mr. Scully