When Vin Scully called his last Los Angeles Dodgers game on October 2, 2016, many fans didn’t know what to expect in the broadcasting booth going forward.
The team faced the unenviable task of replacing Scully who’s name, after 67 seasons calling games for the boys in blue, had become almost synonymous with the Dodgers.
Vin was special. His soothing voice and ability to paint a picture in the collective minds of fans was second to none. There’s no way to replace someone like that, who meant so much to the organization as a whole. Yet, in retrospect, the decision to fill the team’s broadcasting hole with Joe Davis has gone just about as perfectly as possible.
At first I was sad my daughter wouldn’t hear Vin Scully when she listened to her first Dodgers game. But tonight, in the hospital, she’s sleeping next to me listening to the great @Joe_Davis for her first Dodgers game. He’ll be her Vin and I couldn’t be happier about it.
— Justin Housman (@JustinHousman) May 16, 2019
Davis’ presence in the booth with Orel Hershiser has been one of the most welcomed surprises for the Dodgers over the past couple years. His voice and style, while obviously different from Scully’s, has made this transition, one that most everyone dreaded for years, go as seamlessly as possible.
One of the things that set Vin apart from the rest was his ability to make even the most boring and mundane moments interesting. Sure, we all remember, or have heard the big calls like Kirk Gibson’s home run in the 1988 World Series, “In a season that has been so improbable the impossible has happened!” But Scully could make even a Wednesday afternoon game in the middle of May seem just as significant and memorable.
In his own way, this is exactly what Davis has brought to the Dodgers play-by-play. And, in very special moments, it can sometimes almost feel like Scully never left.
— Jerry Hairston, Jr. (@TheRealJHair) April 30, 2019
When he was hired, Davis himself said that there’s no way to replace someone like Vin. While that’s true, he’s done as good of a job as anyone in filling the void.
His Presence on Social Media
Another welcomed aspect of his tenure has been his willingness to interact with fans, both in person and on social media platforms such as Twitter.
On numerous occasions, he’s happily invited fans through Twitter to meet him near the broadcasting booth after a Dodgers game. Along with that, he often responds to fan’s questions and embraces Scully’s legacy at seemingly every opportunity he gets.
Just a few years ago, the thought of a game without Vin’s voice was almost unimaginable. Now, a game without Davis’ feels like a letdown.
The Dodgers got this hire right, and hopefully, we’ll have the privilege to enjoy Davis for many years to come.