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Bill Plaschke: Vin Scully tries to make most of each day while mourning loss of wife

Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times on

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"I knew Tommy over 60 years. That's a long time in anyone's life," Scully said. "We had so much fun together. I always had a feeling that Tommy might need somebody to chew the fat with. I would do that with him. We were as close as we could be. ... We had a wonderful relationship right down to the end. ... I'll see him again one of these days."

Scully is told that the strength he has shown in the last six months is inspiring. Of course, he disagreed.

"I don't think I'm strong at all," he protested. "When you are alive, you endure the pain, the joy, the laughter. ... I have been so grateful for the life that I've had. My relationship was as good as it could possibly be. The pain is part of the price."

How has he emotionally survived?

"I don't think I'd be able to do much of a job if I didn't pray a little bit," he said. "Prayer has really helped me."

He has also relied on those closest to him, the ultimate family man once again being carried by family.

 

"Naturally, I'm very much involved in my family. I need them, and they need me. That's a current love affair, especially with my three daughters," he said. "We take turns with me hosting them for dinner. I see one of them usually in the course of the day at lunchtime. It's great."

Also visiting him one afternoon were Dodgers officials Stan Kasten and Lon Rosen, who presented him with his 2020 World Series ring, for which he was eternally grateful, not that he would ever actually wear the thing.

"They brought this beautiful blue box ... and there was the ring, which I admired and have since put it away," he said. "I don't know if I'll ever see it again. I have a habit of doing that."

Scully truly doesn't understand all the accolades. He never has. Now, perhaps more than ever, he feels the greatest award can be found in life itself.

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