Our deepest thanks to Ross Porter, Charley Steiner and Dick Enberg for letting us hear some of the stories they have about Vin Scully in today’s column.
One more from Joe Davis, who starting in 2017 will be paired with Orel Hershiser and Nomar Garciaparra on the SportsNet LA TV games both home and on the road as Davis’ broadcasting schedule with Fox Sports allows:
“I guess just with how opposite our schedules are, with him doing exclusively home and me exclusively road — I actually haven’t had any interactions with him outside a call the night before my hiring was announced, and at a banquet we were at together in December.We also met briefly on Opening Day in San Diego. It’s how things have been. I know he gets pulled in a million different directions, especially this last year, so I totally get it.
“And maybe you already know the story on his phone call: The night before it’d be announced that I was joining the Dodgers, my phone rang with a number I didn’t recognize, so I ignored the call. Same thing happened later that night. ‘If it’s important they’ll leave a message,’ I thought.
“This time, a voicemail popped up. I almost dropped the phone when I played the voicemail and heard that unmistakable voice. ‘Hi Joe, it’s Vin Scully in Los Angeles. I tried you earlier in the day, so I guess I begin the year 0-for-2. ‘ He went on to congratulate me and welcome me to the club, telling me that he remembered what it was like to join ‘a big club.’ in his 20s, and ensuring me that’d I’d love being with the Dodgers.
“We connected later that night, thankfully. Part of me is also thankful that I let it go to voicemail. I have the voicemail saved in several different spots, and if you can consider an audio file a keepsake, the file of that voicemail is as special of a keepsake as I’ll ever own.”
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