Friday, August 29, 2014

Vin Scully Does Some Major-League Mythbusting

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.

Vin Scully, from the seventh inning of the Cubs-Dodgers game on August 26, 2013:

Greinke allowed a leadoff single to Castro, who was thrown out trying to steal. He then retired thirteen in a row before giving up a single to Murphy. He's retired four and then gave up the bunt single—

Ground ball for one, they will get two. So just like that, thanks to the double play, two down.

That'll bring up Nate Schierholtz, who flied to left and grounded out.

The most famous double-play combination in history was immortalized by a New York columnist — he wrote for the New York World — in 1908.

What he wrote was — and he was writing about being a Giant fan and how the Cubs would break his heart:

These are the saddest of possible words:
"Tinker to Evers to Chance."
Trio of bear cubs, and fleeter than birds,
Tinker and Evers and Chance.
Ruthlessly pricking our gonfalon bubble,
Making a Giant hit into a double—
Words that are heavy with nothing but trouble:
"Tinker to Evers to Chance."
What's really interesting, you talk about — you say, Well that's one of the all-time greatest little bits of doggerel and trivia to a double-play combination.

But in all their years together, Tinker to Evers to Chance...they turned in fifty-six double plays. That's all.

And from what I've read, Tinker and Evers never spoke to each other for over two years. Yeah. Never said a word.

Ramirez and Ellis talk to each other.

Well, that makes a statement. Down goes Schierholtz, down go the Cubs, and at the end of six and a half, it's four-nothing Dodgers.