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Scully speaks about Scully
2007-07-01 08:34
by Bob Timmermann

With Jon still living away from his computer and likely discovering that his children don't work with mouse clicks,  I thought I'd put up a link to this interview with Vin Scully by Paul Oberjuerge of the San Bernardino Sun. It's an interesting read about a man who just seems to be happy to be along for the ride with the rest of us.

Q: Have you considered writing an autobiography?

A: Oh, no. No. No. Well, I think partly ... it's really too much trouble. I don't really feel that I want to spend a lot of time talking about me. I've already spent a lifetime talking. I don't have any drive ... I think you have to have some drive to know that there's going to be a book with your name on it on a shelf. I have none of that at all. So, no. I've had many suggestions by writers that they would like to do a book and I've said "I don't think so, no."


Q: Does it surprise you that many people cannot envision the Dodgers without Vin Scully?

A: I can understand that. I remember growing up in New York, as a kid, the New York Yankees were Mel Allen, and the Brooklyn Dodgers were Red Barber. The Giants became Russ Hodges. But Allen and Barber, they were so closely identified with their teams, so I understood that. I never ever thought it would happen to me because, first of all, I never thought I would be around that long doing the games. It never entered my mind. But when you realize that I've been here in Los Angeles all these years, starting in the Coliseum, which turned out to be a great break for a couple of reasons. When we went to the Coliseum, it was also the advent of the transistor radio, and people would be sitting 79 rows away. And they'd heard of Stan Musial and they'd heard of Willie Mays, but they didn't know the rank and file. Now they had the convenience of the transistor radio, so they would sit so far away and listen to me. And eventually, over the years, you think of this man as this team and this team as this man. But to me, it's just a natural thing and nothing more. I don't puff up about it at all. Because it could have been someone else, very easily, who arrived here around the same time under the same circumstances and it would have been his good fortune instead of mine.

2007-07-01 09:45:49
1.   scareduck
I can hear him say the words in my head.
2007-07-01 09:50:58
2.   Greg Brock
2 Absolutely.

Interesting to read how he does his research, with all of his files and what not.

2007-07-01 09:53:32
3.   Greg Brock
Grr. I was agreeing with scareduck.
2007-07-01 10:15:45
4.   dkminnick
Thanks for posting that, Bob. That's the best interview with Vin that I've ever read. Right down to asking about those two specific comments this year that seemed a little out of character (but welcome). God bless Vin Scully.
2007-07-01 10:43:19
5.   Robert Daeley
Paul O has a blog -- here he talks about an alternative beginning to the column:

He also said previously he'll be trying to post the entire Q&A, either at the blog or online elsewhere.

2007-07-01 12:01:02
6.   DougS
Thanks for posting this Bob; it was a great service to those of us who don't get the San Bernadino papers. :-)

I think it's a given that Vin has lost a bit of his sharpness; he started misspeaking players' names and not catching himself right away some years ago. And if you compare his work now with what it was twenty-five years ago, he is slower and less energetic. But he's still a sight better than anyone else working today.

In fact, I think that I appreciate him even more now than I did when he was in his prime because he is a living reminder of the virtues of personal modesty and the aesthetic power of understatement. In an age where you're supposed to be "outrageous" like Rex The Wonder-Spazz Hudler or slick-voiced non-entities like Rick Monday and Thom Brennerman, he stands as a colossus even more than he ever did.

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