Vin Scully is planning to attend Game 5 of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium on Thursday. Bob Nightengale of USA Today was first with the news.
Scully, 88, hasn’t been to Dodger Stadium since broadcasting his final game here Sept. 25. He’s since appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live but otherwise kept a low profile in the early weeks of his retirement.
There’s been no indication from the Dodgers if Scully will merely attend the game as a fan, be recognized in some capacity on the field or on the video boards, or take part in any pregame presentations.
Kenta Maeda allowed a season-high nine hits and five runs in the Giants’ 7-1 win over the Dodgers. (Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO — The Dodgers tried to play their final series down the middle, simultaneously prioritizing rest and staying sharp for the National League Division Series, and wound up getting swept with a 7-1 loss to the Giants.
SAN FRANCISCO — Colleague Tom Hoffarth, reporting for his column on the end of Vin Scully’s broadcasting career, interviewed a man named Kevin O’Malley. O’Malley knows Scully. As the national Catholic Athletes for Christ MLB ministry coordinator, he arranges the mass that Scully (and the Dodgers’ players and coaches) attend before every Sunday home game at Dodger Stadium. O’Malley helped arrange another mass this morning inside AT&T Park.
If Scully had gotten the calling to be a priest long ago, “he’d be a Cardinal by now,” O’Malley told Hoffarth.
He may never have gotten the calling, but Scully was more in demand than the Pope on Sunday.