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.
Vin Scully is returning for his 64th season in 2013, the Dodgers announced. The 84-year-old Hall of Fame broadcaster will keep the same schedule he kept this year, calling all home and road games in California and Arizona.
“The new ownership of the Dodgers has revitalized the city, the team, the fans and myself,” Scully said in a statement. “I am so convinced of their great purpose and leadership that I eagerly look forward to joining them in pursuit of the next Dodgers championship.”
Scully traveled with the Dodgers to broadcast games in Colorado last year, but cut that trip from his schedule this season. If all goes as planned next year — remember that Scully nearly missed the Dodgers’ entire first homestand of 2012 with a bad cold — he won’t be cutting back at all.
A press conference with Scully is scheduled for later this morning.
Vin Scully, the consummate professional, confirmed suspicions that he would choose to skip an entire night’s sleep rather than have a hoarse throat during a Dodgers telecast.
“As God as my judge, I did not sleep one wink Saturday night,” Scully said, while sitting in the Vin Scully Press Box as the Dodgers took batting practice on the field below.
“You try not to cough because you know when you’re going to cough, you’re going to become hoarse. So I packed the pillows up to try and prevent myself from coughing. Well I cut down on the coughing but I packed the pillows up so much that I wasn’t sleeping. I went to the ballpark [a week ago] Sunday and I thought, ‘oh, Lord, if I can somehow get through this one.’ We did the game, [Chase] Headley hit the grand slam home run, the Dodgers lost the game and I went home and I was done. I could not have done anything from then on, almost until today.”
The bad cold that forced the 84-year-old broadcaster to miss the Dodgers’ first five home games of the season is gone, and Scully will be calling today’s game against the San Diego Padres on Prime Ticket.
Prior to today’s broadcast –his first of the spring –Vin Scully was asked how he and the team would potentially be affected by a change in ownership. His answer:
This is just my own particular feeling: The things that happen in the front office, I don’t believe, have any affect whatsoever on the players or on us. It’s like on a ship, we’re down there shoveling coal and the big discussion is up on the bridge with the captain. Same thing. we’re not involved with them. So I can’t see any change in ownership having any effect at all. … The team finished up the last third of the season 41-25 – 16 games above .500. that’s pretty good baseball. If they can come up with two thirds like that in this division, they’re going to be very highly competitive. I don’t think the new ownership matters at all. The only difference perhaps, and I’m only guessing, but with a new ownership not as hard pressed for money because of the bankruptcy situation, maybe that will help Ned Colletti later on, because he certainly has not had much to work with this time of year.
Again, I repeat, ballplayers, they are remarkable. They have such unbelievable sense of concentration. I’ve seen players going through terrible divorces and scandals, God knows what, they walk up to the plate and somehow or another everything is screened out. That’s why I don’t think anything going on in the front office has anything to do with the players at all.
More from Scully about his reduced broadcast schedule in tomorrow’s editions.