There weren't many dry eyes when Vin Scully finished his final Dodgers broadcast on Oct. 2, 2016. Here was a man who had spent more time broadcasting games than most of us had been alive. Many people's parents hadn't even been born when he started calling Dodgers games. He was
There weren't many dry eyes when Vin Scully finished his final Dodgers broadcast on Oct. 2, 2016. Here was a man who had spent more time broadcasting games than most of us had been alive. Many people's parents hadn't even been born when he started calling Dodgers games. He was basically everyone's Baseball Grandpa, narrating summer evenings and lulling East Coasters to sleep with his dulcet tones and baseball factoids. (Uggla means owl in Swedish, for those unaware.)
After nearly four years, Scully's back -- not on the mic, but on Twitter (@TheVinScully). Naturally, he announced his return in the way only he could: With a video message spoken as if he was on the broadcast.
(At this point, it's safe to wonder: Has he spent so much time calling ballgames that this is how he talks all the time, whether he's asking for eggs at the diner or wishing his children a happy birthday?)
"Hi everybody and a very pleasant good afternoon to you," Scully says, almost exactly the way he began midday Dodgers broadcasts. "This is Vin, making his debut on social media and it's nice to be welcomed."
It's almost too precious by a magnitude of one million. Sure, Vin may not really get Twitter, and who knows what will happen if he decides to start making memes or creates a TikTok, but it sure is nice to hear from him again.
"It’s just after four years away, I’d like to at least come back a little bit and talk to people I’ve literally grown up with and they’ve grown up with me," Scully said. "I miss the fans. Hopefully, it will be fun. That’s all I’m looking for, really.”
The concept of bringing Scully back to the public is the brainchild of Scully’s trusted friend Dennis Gilbert, the longtime agent and Chicago White Sox executive, who did the heavy lifting behind the scenes.
“Dennis said the people would like to hear from you and you can keep the friendship with the baseball fans alive,” said Scully. “That sounded pretty good to me. It will keep me active mentally.”
Scully intends to mark significant moments in the history of the game, for example the anniversary of Henry Aaron’s 715th home run, which he called in 1974. Scully said he’s considering a question-and-answer component as an additional offering to connect with the fans.
He said his days are spent watching sports on TV.
“On [Sunday], we watched the Dodgers, then golf, then basketball, then back to the Dodgers, back to golf, back to basketball,” he said. “I’m sure other people are the same way.”
Scully also is dispersing more than 300 items from his personal memorabilia collection at auction Sept. 23, including four World Series rings, with some of the proceeds going to UCLA for neuromuscular research.
While we wait to see what Scully has planned -- will he be dictating all of his tweets or will he be a reply guy -- we'll be ready.
"Pull up a chair and be ready to join me -- hopefully -- in the very near future as we start our careers, together, on social media," Scully said to wrap up his message.
Don't worry, Vin, we'll be there.