Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Vin Scully's New York Memories

We don't get TWC at SoSG Worldwide Headquarters, so we apologize for the lack of new Vin transcriptions this season. But we've dipped into the archives (OK, last year's games) to bring you some fresh transcriptions we haven't run yet.

John T. DiMauro, 83rd Division, 331st Regiment.

Vin Scully, from the seventh inning of the Yankees-Dodgers game on July 30, 2013:

Juan Uribe's home run is the one — not to overshadow Overbay, but the idea that he hit it on an oh-and-two pitch against Pettitte, that's really rare, and the fact he hit it to the second deck in left field, that is very rare.

And then of course, can't help thinking of the home run that Mickey Mantle hit in the old Yankee Stadium. It went out at that 370 mark, one hundred and eighteen feet high, and was twelve inches from going out of the ballpark completely.

Course that was the great question. I remember growing up and reading it. They'd have letters to the editor: Did anyone ever hit the ball out of Yankee Stadium, and the answer was always no.

But then, years later, they said, Well, The Mick was close.

Oh and two to Chris Stewart. Struck out, flied to center. Catcher hitting .226. Ball one.

It's funny the little things that jump in my mind. I just mentioned "catcher," and immediately my mind says, Yogi Berra. Lawrence "Yogi" Berra. What was it Yogi said, This game is ninety percent mental? And another half? It was something about that.

One ball and two strikes. Two and two.

Yogi Berra was a lot smarter than the press made him out to be. I thought of him when we had the big rhubarb here with Arizona. Yankees were in a fight years ago with Kansas City. I think it involved Bob Cerv, and throughout the fight — and Yogi was right in the middle of it — he always wore his mask. Never came off.

Two balls, two strikes, two out. Foul ball.

Yeah, you'll have to forgive me as a former New Yorker, looking at that uniform. First Yankee game I ever saw. Neighborhood kid, son of a shoemaker. We went to see Joe DiMaggio. Johnny was Italian, Johnny DiMauro. He wanted to see Joe D and he did, was thrilled. Sad ending, though, Johnny died in the Battle of the Bulge.

Two and two to Chris Stewart....

photo from Teresa M. DiMauro via 83rd Infantry Division Documents


Fred's Brim said...

Thanks, Orel!

A little research leads me to believe the "Bob Suhr [?]" is likely to be Bob Cerv, an interesting dude who played for both the Yanks and KC Athletics during Yogi's days

Orel said...

Thank you so much! Correction made.

karen said...

Even recycled Vinny is better than anyone else.