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Bryce Harper visits Vin Scully in broadcast booth, posts tribute (pic)

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With Vin Scully retiring at season’s end after a long, storied and unparalleled career, Bryce Harper took some time before the Washington Nationals’ series finale showdown with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday to pay a visit to the booth and chat with the legendary broadcaster. It may be the last time Harper and Scully would be in the same ballpark, barring a postseason showdown between the teams.

Harper, joined by Nationals skipper Dusty Baker, chatted with Scully and took some photos.

“I just wanted say hi to him and tell him goodbye,” Harper said of the visit, via The Los Angeles Times.

But the Nationals slugger took it one step further, taking to Instagram to post a heartfelt tribute to Scully.

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Harper wrote in the post: “I remember growing up turning on the television and or radio broadcast hearing the amazing and wonderful voice of Mr. Scully talking not only about the players numbers or how they were doing that year, but the stories of life and beyond that! He will not only forever be part of the @dodgers, but also all around the game of baseball..Thank you for the memories and all the incredible things you taught people on and off the air! Thank you Vin.”

Interestingly, Scully was on the microphone for Harper’s first major league game, a memory the slugger still cherishes.

“Him being able to call my first game?” Harper said. “I’ll never forget that.”

Harper may in fact be a part of baseball’s new breed and next generation, the standard-bearer of a movement to “Make Baseball Fun Again,”  much to the chagrin of at least one old-timer while at the same time earning the praise of the commissioner.

But even at 23 years old Harper understands the tremendous contributions Scully has made to baseball and how he deserves respect and admiration for his decades of devotion to the game he so loves.

[H/T Big League Stew]