"Hi everybody and a pleasant Wednesday evening to you, wherever you may be. -#VinScully"
Those are the words Dodger fans have been hearing Vin Scully say for years as he begins a Dodger broadcast, but on Wednesday, those words began his first ever twittercast.
At 85 years old, and after 64 seasons with the team, Scully doesn't travel outside California for games anymore. The Dodgers faced the Yankees at Yankee Stadium for the second game in day-night double header, and while the action on the field was 2000 miles away, he was stealing the show online, on the team's Twitter Page. Using the hash tag #VinScully, he started by letting fans know,
"I broadcast the Yankee/ Dodger World Series in '53, '55, '56, '63 and '81. No way I could have imagined tweeting a game. -#VinScully"
Some of Scully's comment's were play by play, "Hanley Ramirez has 5 hits in 10 innings! Five straight hits to start the game. That's pretty good. -#VinScully"
But some of the real gems, were glimpses into his long and storied career. He wrote that he knew he wanted to be a sports announcer in the 8th grade. He mentioned his first game ever-2 innings in Vero Beach, the Dodgers Spring Training home until 2008, and watching, then- Brooklyn Dodger announcer, Red Barber.
"My very first game was an exhibition game in Vero and I did 2 innings. Thank goodness I wasn't on the air when there was a triple play."
"Red Barber did it so effortlessly that I was overwhelmed. I thought, "Oh my gosh, I'll never be able to do that." -#VinScully
For a announcer who has seen hundreds and hundreds of games, one twitter follower clearly asked what his best moments have been. Scully's response,
"Two of the biggest thrills: One would be Larsen's perfect game, and the other would be the Dodgers winning the '55 World Series. -#VinScully"
With that kind of catalog to pull from, Scully's comments as Rookie sensation Yasiel Puig hit a home run in his first trip to Yankee Stadium, carry the weight of an announcer who has seen some of the greatest players of all time.
"Holy Mackerel, it's Puig! He is unbelievable.-#VinScully"
"Yasiel Puig has got a bunt single, a stolen base, and a home run. He is unbelievable. His talent is absolutely breathtaking. -#VinScully"
Puig helped the Dodgers put the Yankees away, they won it 6-0, and Vin Scully took no credit, although plenty of twitter fans would like to give it to him. He signed off saying good night,
"In response to all of the 'thank you's,' "Well, I don't think I really did very much. Thank you all." -#VinScully