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I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was. – Shakespeare

Vin Scully received the Icon Award at the annual ESPY’s ceremony this week.

I grew up listening to Scully, mostly on nationally televised games. There was no internet, or cable, or MLB app when I was a teenager (Wow! I really am getting old). But, I digress.

Despite my lack of “connectivity” I was still able to witness some of Scully’s greatest calls live. The Catch by Dwight Clark, Kirk Gibson’s home run in the 1988 World Series and, my personal favorite: “Little roller. Behind the bag! It gets through Buckner. Here comes Knight and the Mets win it …”

Goosebumps, still.

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Being a complete journalism nerd, one of the podcasts I really enjoy is called The Turnaround. It’s hosted by Jesse Thorn. He interviews reporters, journalists and authors about the process of interviewing.

His latest interview is with Larry King. Late in the interview takes a short left turn and the discussion turns to baseball. King talks about his beloved Dodgers and “hating” the Giants.

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Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred met the fans and media on Monday at the annual town hall chat before Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Miami.

Manfred discussed the sale of the Marlins, the World Baseball Classic, the designated hitter, expansion, pace of play, retiring Roberto Clemente’s No. 21 and expansion.

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Lee Mazzilli sat on the bench at The Kingdome in Seattle for seven innings, watching the 1979 Major League Baseball All-Star unfold. Mazzilli, then the 24-year old New York Mets center fielder who was named to the team by National League manager Tommy Lasorda, was soaking it up like a sponge.

It was Mazzilli’s first and, eventually, only All-Star appearance and from the beginning it must have felt more like a circus freak show than a showcase of baseball’s biggest stars.

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