An old video clip of legendary sportscaster Vin Scully delivering a crushing rebuke of socialism has gone viral after the longtime Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster passed away.
Scully died on Tuesday at the age of 94 after calling Dodgers games for 67 seasons – starting in 1950 when the MLB team was based in Brooklyn and retiring in 2016.
During an MLB game between the Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers in 2016, Scully voiced a scathing admonishment of socialism.
"Socialism failing to work as it always does," Scully began his chiding of the left-wing ideology. "This time in Venezuela."
"You talk about giving everybody something free and all of a sudden there’s no food to eat," Scully explained.
Scully continued to dismantle socialism by asking, "And who do you think is the richest person in Venezuela?"
Scully – who was the longest-tenured broadcaster with a single team in sports history – answered his own question, "The daughter of Hugo Chavez. Hello!"
The Dodgers broadcaster then seamlessly returned to calling the baseball game, "Anyway, 0-2."
On Wednesday, Outkick founder Clay Travis resurfaced the clip from six years ago on Twitter to commemorate the death of Scully. The tweet has been retweeted over 7,000 times and has more than 33,000 likes.
Scully was referencing the socialist government in Venezuela under Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro.
Venezuela's economy tanked in the 2010s – which caused massive food shortages. The government severely cut back on food provided to its citizens.
A survey conducted in 2016 revealed that 74.3% of Venezuelans lost an average of at least 19 pounds because of malnutrition brought on by the economic crisis. The survey also found that 93.3% of Venezuelans didn't have enough money to pay for their food expenses. The poll noted that only 32% of Venezuelans eat at least two times a day. There were 65% of Venezuelans who said their children skipped school because of food-related reasons – including standing in long food lines for their parents.
A 2015 report from the Miami-based Diario Las América claimed that the "favorite daughter" of then-President Chavez was the richest person in Venezuela. The outlet claimed that Maria Gabriela Chavez had a net worth of nearly $4.2 billion after receiving a massive inheritance from her father when he died in 2013. Maria Gabriela Chavez was believed to have a larger fortune than Venezuelan businessman Gustavo Cisneros – who was said to have a net worth of $3.6 billion.
Although Scully wasn't typically political, he declared in November 2017 that he would never watch another NFL game because of the player protests during the national anthem.
"I have only one personal thought, really. And I am so disappointed," Scully said. "I used to love, during the fall and winter, to watch the NFL on Sunday."
"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 continued. "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."
Besides being the legendary Dodgers broadcaster, Scully also called NFL games on CBS in the 1970s and 1980s.
The Los Angeles Dodgers will commemorate Scully with a pregame tribute on Friday, and the players will wear a commemorative patch on their uniforms featuring a microphone and "Vin."