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August 21, 2003|Vin Scully

When the sun sets at Dodger Stadium, I am impressed first of all with the mountains because, at this time of year, they are fully defined. It makes me think of some of the great artists who did Western paintings -- Frederic Remington, Charles Russell, Frank McCarthy, to name a few -- because they must have been inspired by that.

And then the cloud formations. At sunset, they turn pink. And as it continues, the closer you are to sunset, the clouds are still kind of gold. Farther away in center field and right field, you're away from the sunset and the clouds are turning purple. So you think of an artist's palette with various colors, and it just takes your breath away.

Down on the field, a ballgame is just beginning. But the sunset becomes a major distraction because it's so overwhelming it's hard to take your eyes off it. And then the palm trees -- there's a group of palm trees on the hill behind left field -- they are defined against the sky, and they are turning colors with the sunset. You can't see that anywhere else in a ballpark.

--Vin Scully

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