LOS ANGELES — It was one legend saying hello — and goodbye — to another Sunday when the Boston Red Sox’s David Ortiz visited the Dodger Stadium press box for hugs and handshakes with longtime broadcaster Vin Scully.
Ortiz is in his 20th and final season with the Red Sox. Scully is in his 67th and final season behind the microphone for the Dodgers. The powerhouse duo met before the series finale between the Dodgers and Red Sox.
In a video clip of the meeting Sunday, provided by the Dodgers, Ortiz told Scully, “We all love you. We’re all going to miss you.”
But Scully already had stolen the moment when he said to Ortiz: “I must tell you this, I’ve admired the way you play, but I have respected, with great admiration, the human being that you are.”
In the meeting, Ortiz told Scully that he almost signed with the Dodgers in 1992 when he was a youngster in the Dominican Republic, but ended up signing with the Seattle Mariners a week later.
After Ortiz and Scully met, the Red Sox’s Travis Shaw stopped in to say hello. His father, Jeff Shaw, is a former Dodgers pitcher.
Others have visited Scully’s booth this season. When the Washington Nationals were in town in late June, both Bryce Harper and Dusty Baker visited Scully. Harper listened to Scully on the radio while growing up in Las Vegas, while Baker, a former Dodger, listened when he was growing up in Riverside.
Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop visited Scully when the Baltimore Orioles were in town in early July. New York Mets manager Terry Collins made the trek to the press box in May. The Angels celebrated Scully in Anaheim earlier this year.
Scully is doing only a handful of road games this season, so players and managers are paying their respects when they visit Los Angeles. The Dodgers have scheduled Vin Scully Appreciation Day for Sept. 23, and have a Vin Scully Bobblehead Day set for Sept. 20.