Just three days after the LA City Council voted unanimously to change the name of Elysian Park Avenue to Vin Scully Avenue, new street signs went up in a festive ceremony just ahead of opening day at Dodger Stadium. Scully, the iconic Dodgers broadcast announcer for more than 65 years, was there to receive the honor. He thanked the crowd and humbly claimed he hadn't wanted the name of the street to change, but that the council "overrode" his objections, as reported by the Los Angeles Daily News.
His weren't the only objections overridden by the council. Several area residents raised concerns about the name change prior to the council vote on Friday, saying the council had not sought input from the community. According to the Echo Park-Silver Lake Patch, some suggested that a better tribute to the announcer would be the creation of a "Vin Scully Plaza" at the intersection of Stadium Way and the late Elysian Park Avenue.
The council, however, wasn't moved by this suggestion and the shiny blue signs bearing Scully's name are now on display. What's more, the venerable commentator will spend his final season with the team broadcasting from Dodger Stadium's new address: 1000 Vin Scully Avenue. Now, if only more than half the city actually had a way of watching the games...
"When you let out a roar, I don't say a word as for that 40 seconds, I am 8 years old again" -Vin Scully pic.twitter.com/vl3fCjQcQy— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) April 11, 2016
- It’s Official: Vin Scully Avenue is now a city street [LA Daily News]
- Vin Scully Will Have An Echo Park Street Named After Him [Curbed LA]
- The Vin Scully Map Guide to Los Angeles [Curbed LA]