When thinking of the Los Angeles Dodgers franchise, even during their days in Brooklyn, it’s nearly impossible to pass over Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully. Now in his 66th season, Scully reigns supreme among all broadcasters, with timely statistics and fascinating anecdotes.
While Scully’s genius isn’t lost on anyone, he upped the ante recently during a game between the Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies. It was Hello Kitty giveaway night at Dodger Stadium, along with it being Japan Night.
A pregame ceremony included honoring former Dodgers president Walter O’Malley received “The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays, and Neck Ribbon” and certificate as a commemoration from Emperor Akihito. Former Dodger and Japanse native Hideo Nomo was on hand to help present O’Malley with the award.
Once the game began Scully gave small snippets of himself attempting to speak Japanese and pay tribute to the country that was being honored that night. The voice of the franchise then took it a step further when he decided to mimic how G.I. soldiers would respond when being thanked by the people of Japan during World War II.