Baker, who grew up in California and played in LA from 1976-1983, shared his thoughts on the 88-year-old announcer, who's been announcing games since the 67-year-old skipper was born.
Here's what Baker had to say, as quoted by Inside the Dodgers writer J.P. Hoornstra:
"Vin Scully is who I grew up with as a kid, listening to every game. I’d be in the backyard working, have my radio in the window. I even went to a concert one time, I think it was an outdoor opera in San Bernardino. I listened to a Dodger game — I had it wired up on the other side of my mother, the transistor radio, so I could listen to the game. But my mom said, I was having such a good time — maybe she knew what I was doing — she said ‘maybe we’ll go next week too.’
"Vin Scully, he would paint the most vivid picture ever. He never stuttered or stammered or used the wrong names. He’s (88) years young. When I got to the Dodgers it was a dream come true to me to be around Vinny. It was Vinny and Jerry Doggett then. Then it was Vin Scully and Ross Porter, and now it’s just Vinny. I hope I get a chance to see him tomorrow. He has a sore throat today, which is — boy, I don’t think I’ve ever seen him have a sore throat. He’s a young-looking man. He takes care of himself and I’m certainly going to miss him. Everybody imitated Vin Scully’s calls, his diction, his storytelling, but there’s only one."
Baker, and Nationals' slugger Bryce Harper, did get a chance to see Mr. Scully today.
They both took a few moments this afternoon to meet with Mr. Scully, who will retire after this season, following 67 years calling games in his trademark style.
Dusty Baker and Vin Scully. pic.twitter.com/s1sxLLCy0e— Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) June 22, 2016
I remember growing up turning on the television and or radio broadcast hearing the amazing and wonderful voice of Mr. Scully talking not only about the players numbers or how they were doing that year, but the stories of life and beyond that! He will not only forever be part of the @dodgers, but also all around the game of baseball..Thank you for the memories and all the incredible things you taught people on and off the air! Thank you Vin #Legend #Dodgers #MLB