If you’re a fan of Major League Baseball and Star Wars, prepare to laugh.
Well, I suppose you might have to be a bit old-school — or a lot old-school, like Giants Hall-of-Fame broadcaster Jon Miller.
Miller had some “May the Fourth” Star Wars fun on-air at KNBR on Thursday, performing an impression of legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully calling a make-believe at-bat between MLB icon Sandy Koufax and Darth Vader. And it was hilarious.
Here’s the clip, courtesy of KNBR’s Sam Hustis. I have to say that I watched this several times and laughed progressively harder each time through, especially when Miller calls Vader a “big right-hander with enormous power.” The impression starts about 29 seconds into the soundbite below.
You gotta love that Miller went with Koufax’s signature curveball, with Vader swinging and missing. That’s perfect, and a hilarious image to imagine.
Miller is a unique character because while he’s a Hall-of-Famer himself, he’s a bit of a baseball historian when it comes to the legends of broadcasting, including the Bay Area’s Lon Simmons and Russ Hodges, whom Miller listened to as a young man growing up in the East Bay.
Scully is a Dodger, for example. Though the Giants vs. Dodgers rivalry is always present, a man with respect for broadcasting greatness can’t help but do a quick Scully impression from time to time. And this one was hilarious. Happy May the Fourth, Star Wars fans. And we can all be happy for living legends like Miller providing entertainment in ways not even thought possible.