Vin Scully has seen plenty of fracases between the Dodgers and Giants in his 67 years behind the microphone. On Monday, he got to call one more in a way that only the Hall of Fame announcer can.
Coming back from commercial to lead off the bottom of the seventh, Scully narrated the replay of the stare down between Madison Bumgarner and Yasiel Puig that resulted in the benches clearing.
Scully, who said in a conference call earlier in the day that his love of baseball resulted from seeing a World Series line score from a Yankees-Giants game, even threw in some voice inflection in trying to imitate what Bumgarner and Puig were saying .
No punches were thrown during the incident and the Dodgers ended up winning 2-1.
“He asked me, ‘Why you looking at me?'” Puig said after the game through a translator. “I asked him why he was looking at me.”
Bumgarner said he didn’t hear what was going on and added, “I just got him out and he tried to stare me down or something. That’s what it looked like to me.”
In terms of Giants-Dodgers showdowns, it wasn’t on the level of the famous 1965 fight between Giants pitcher Juan Marichal and Dodgers catcher John Roseboro. It wasn’t even as crazy as Dodgers outfielder Reggie Smith going into the stands twice in four seasons to fight Giants fans.
However, for those who have grown to love Scully calling the ebbs and flows of a game, it is another reminder of why he will be missed.
The two teams meet five more times, including Tuesday night. Before Tuesday’s game, Puig tweeted a photo of him, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and pitcher Jose De Leon wearing shirts with the hashtag #DontLookAtMe.
The Dodgers lead the NL West by six games over the Giants, who went into Tuesday tied with the Cardinals for the final wild-card spot.