It wasn't quite Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, but Vin Scully and Dennis Eckersley found their legendary baseball paths intersecting again this week.
On Wednesday evening, Scully was announcing for the Dodgers – as the 88-year-old has done since the 1950 season – as Los Angeles hosted the Nationals. With the score 2-2 in the eighth inning, Jayson Werth of Washington had a great at-bat against Pedro Baez that eventually took eight minutes to complete. During it, what appeared to be a routine two-strike foul ball turned into this:
Amazingly, Werth's foul ball found itself in the tremendously small window necessary to reach Scully's booth. Of course, Scully generously looked for children in the seats below the announcers' booth to drop the ball to, as is characteristic of the 2009 National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame inductee. The Dodgers proceeded to win 4-3 on this ridiculous walk-off from Yasiel Puig, in which Scully once again got to show off his renowned skills:
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 23, 2016
But Eckersley got a chance for a rebuttal to the Dodgers' esteemed announcer. Eckersley, who played eight of his 24 MLB seasons with the Red Sox, now serves as an announcer for the team's home games. And as Boston trailed the White Sox 2-0 in the first inning of Thursday, Dustin Pedroia hit a foul ball with a strikingly similar result to Werth's:
Impressively, Eckersley was able to catch this one on the fly, although he admits that "it hit four different areas" of the walls in the announcers' booth before he snagged it. Still a fine play from the 2004 Hall of Fame inductee – even if the ball simply "fell into his lap."
And in a striking coincidence, Thursday's game also came down to a walk-off hit, albeit in more traditional fashion. Xander Bogaerts struck a 10th-inning single to center field to knock in Mookie Betts and give Boston a wild 8-7 win.
— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) June 23, 2016
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