The Tao of Vin Scully XVII: Josh Suchon

As a professional play-by-play man, what can you learn about your craft simply by listening to Vin Scully today?

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== Josh Suchon (linked here and linked here), co-host of KABC’s “DodgerTalk” with play-by-play experience on minor-league baseball and, lately, for UC Santa Barbara women’s basketball:

“As great of a baseball announcer that Vin is, he’s an even better human being. So many others have eloquently written what makes Vin so great on the air, and they’re all absolutely correct. I’m always even more impressed with what he’s like off the air.

“I always feel guilty when a friend or a ThinkCure auction winner asks to meet Vin. I don’t want bother him. I want to just let him prepare for the game. Vin is always so gracious with his time, and enjoys meeting people. Inevitably, the guest will say something along the lines of, ‘your voice was the last I heard before going to bed so many nights’ or ‘your voice is the soundtrack of summer.’

“You know how many times a day Vin hears that? But he’s not bothered. Vin is always so thankful and appreciative that people would take time out of their day to say that to him. It’s not fake. It’s genuine. It’s like fans are doing him a favor by stopping by his booth.

“Every sportscaster strives to be as good as Vin Scully. Of course, we’ll never come close. Instead, we should all focus on being as good of a human as Vin.”

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