Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Vin Does Not Wear The Scully Household Pants

Generations of Dodger fans have grown up to the dulcet tones of Vin Scully's voice. In fact, I can't imagine the Dodgers without him. So it is interesting that, regarding the potential of Vin Scully next year to the broadcast booth, the decision does not rest with the McCourts, or FSN or KABC, or legions of Dodger fans everywhere, or even Vin himself.

No, the decision rests with the feelings of his wife, Sandy. According to Vin in today's New York Times, she will determine if Scully returns to call Dodger games next year:

Vin Scully did not — repeat, did not — take the opportunity of receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting on Tuesday from Fordham University’s WFUV Radio, where he got his start as a sportscaster in 1947, to announce his retirement as the voice of the Dodgers.

He is 80 and said he felt fine. He still loves calling baseball.

But his contract expires after this season, and he said he would follow the advice of his wife, Sandy, about continuing a run that began in Brooklyn in 1950 and has spanned the ownership of the O’Malley family, Rupert Murdoch and Frank McCourt.

“I want to spend a lot of time with her,” he said at the dinner at Sotheby’s that honored him and another renowned Fordham alumnus, Charles Osgood, of CBS News.

“There’s a lot of hoopla in this job, but it’s lonely for the wife,” he said. “So I want to talk seriously with her about her feelings. I want to know what’s in her head. We’ll talk it out over the long summer and then we’ll talk to Frank.”

He said that he did not know what his wife would say. “She’s so selfless,” he said, “that she’ll probably say, ‘Whatever you feel you should do, we’ll do,’ and then we’ll be back at Square 1. It’s a question I get asked a lot at this age.”

Dammit, Vin, you're so darn noble and chivalrous, it's killing us. My wife had better not hear about this.


Orel said...

There's a lot of hoopla in blogging, but it’s lonely for the wife.

Steve Sax said...

I am also lucky that my wife is not making the decision on whether I'm going to be a Son next year (as far as I know).