There are more than 7,000 cybersignatures to date for an online petition asking that Vin Scully be invited by Fox to join this fall’s World Series broadcast (linked here).
The Dodgers’ Hall of Fame broadcaster has politely stayed out of the conversation, saying it was “none of my business.”
Fox’s Joe Buck, the network’s lead baseball broadcaster since 1996, will make it his business to opine about it:
“Personally, I’d love it,” Buck said the other day. “We’ve always toyed with the idea of having the hometown guy involved in a World Series broadcast. I’m from that camp. In my dad’s era, we paid a nod of tribute to the greats. And there’s no one like Vin, or close to Vin.
“I’d happily step aside to hear his voice (on the World Series). I would not fight that at all. That’s just how I grew up.
“As far as I’m concerned, he could be part of it every year. I’m not selfish. I realize who the game’s greats are, and I always defer to them – my dad (Jack Buck), Ernie Harwell, Curt Gowdy, Harry Caray. There are only a handful of guys who are as identifiable with their organizations as any player is.”
And of those names Buck just mentioned, all are gone.
A Fox spokesman offered this response: “As the son of the legendary Jack Buck, no one respects the history of baseball more than Joe, so it’s no surprise that he’d be willing to share the World Series stage with Vin Scully, who like Jack, is one of the best that ever was. Having Vin join Joe and Tim for a few innings during the World Series is definitely something we’d consider if it’s something Vin would like to do.”