The Dodgers are playing two games at Yankee Stadium in 2013 and Vin Scully would like to be there — on one condition.
“If Sandy promises to go with me, I really would like to see Yankee Stadium, and the Dodgers and the Yankees,” he said, referring to his wife of 39 years. “That really gets my imagination stirring. First of all, I’ve never seen the new Yankee Stadium, but just to go back and play the Yankees.”
That could be the most significant addition to the schedule for Scully’s 2013 season — his record 64th with the Dodgers organization.
In an 18-minute pregame chat with media Sunday, Scully touched on a variety of topics.
How long will he be in the booth?
“I don’t know. That’s in God’s hands. It’s certainly not in my hands. When I say day to day, I firmly and truly believe that. I thank Him for every day. I know my mom thanked Him for every day that she had …She was inspirational. I do feel that one of the things that I’m fortunate to have, would be to have her genes. Does that mean I’ll live to be 97? I doubt that very much. Our lives have been totally different. But anyway, we’ll give it a shot. I’m not even thinking of doing the games when I’m 97.”
How much does the possibility of another Dodgers championship factor into his decision to stay?
“I don’t really measure how long I want to stay by the success of the team. I really think it’s inside, and that has nothing to do with the team. It’s the love of it.”
So what were the deciding factors?
“I think first of all, that constant love affair that I have with the game. Secondly, I was so impressed by the new ownership. I was here for the press conference and I heard some big talk. I wondered if they would do what they actually said they would do. Well, they’ve done it 10 times. They’ve revitalized the city, revitalized the team, the fans and myself.”