A resurfaced video of legendary sportscaster Vin Scully condemning socialism has gone viral after the longtime Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster passed away.
On Tuesday, Scully passed away at the age of 94 after calling Dodgers games for 67 seasons. The beloved broadcaster began his career in 1950 when the MLB team was based in Brooklyn, and retired in 2016.
In the middle of an MLB game between the Dodgers and the Milwaukee Brewers in 2016, Scully launched into a crushing criticism of socialism.
“Socialism failing to work as it always does. This time in Venezuela,” the legendary sportscaster began his condemnation of the left-wing ideology.
“You talk about giving everybody something free and all of a sudden there’s no food to eat,” he explained.
Scully went on to dismantle socialism by asking, “And who do you think is the richest person in Venezuela?”
The Dodgers broadcaster then answered his own question, stating: “The daughter of Hugo Chavez. Hello!”
Scully, who was the longest-tenured broadcaster with a single team in sports history, then seamlessly returned to calling the baseball game, “Anyway, 0-2.”
The six-year-old video clip resurfaced on Wednesday in a post on Twitter from Outkick founder Clay Travis, who posted it to commemorate the death of the legendary sportscaster. The post has since been retweeted over 7,000 times and has over 33,000 likes.
Vin Scully on socialism. pic.twitter.com/oaNC7vhsZW
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) August 3, 2022
In his comments, Scully was discussing the socialist government of Venezuela under the rule of Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro.
In the 2010’s, the socialist nation’s economy tanked — resulting in massive food shortages, which led to the government severely cutting back on food provided to its citizens. According to a survey conducted in 2016, 74.3% of Venezuelans lost an average of at least 19 pounds because of malnutrition that was a result of the economic crisis. The same poll revealed that only 32% of the country’s citizens were able to eat at least two times a day, while 93.3% reported that they did not have enough money to pay for their food expenses.
While the people of Venezuela starved, a report in 2015 from the Miami-based Diario Las América claimed that Maria Gabriela Chavez, the “favorite daughter” of then-President Chavez, was the richest person in Venezuela. According to the outlet, she had a net worth of nearly $4.2 billion after her father died in 2013, leaving her a massive inheritance.
While Scully wasn’t usually political, he declared in November of 2017 that he would never watch another NFL game in response to the players’ protests during the national anthem.
“I have only one personal thought, really. And I am so disappointed. I used to love, during the fall and winter, to watch the NFL on Sunday,” said Scully, who also called NFL games on CBS in the 1970s and 1980s.
“And it’s not that I’m some great patriot. I was in the Navy for a year. Didn’t go anywhere. Didn’t do anything,” he added. “But I have overwhelming respect and admiration for anyone who puts on a uniform and goes to war. So the only thing I can do in my little way is not to preach. I will never watch another NFL game.”
The Los Angeles Dodgers planned a special pregame tribute on Friday to commemorate Scully, featuring players wearing a commemorative patch on their uniforms designed with a microphone and “Vin.”
Jersey patches for Vin.🎙 pic.twitter.com/J583OfdqCb
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 4, 2022