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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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"With everything else that's happened, I still feel that I have been tremendously honored," he said. "I don't know why, but the more I think of what I've done, actually, the more humble I feel. I don't feel like I really have done anything except I've lived a long time."

When told he nonetheless sounded amazingly sharp, he laughed.

"There is no way I can think of myself of being sharp. I don't think I've ever felt that way when I was working, hoping I wouldn't make too many mistakes," he said. "I'm just enjoying every day as best I can."

He is clearly still eloquent enough to serve as a guest commentator for a nationally televised inning or two in the postseason. Remember last October when the baseball world called for his invitation? It turns out he wasn't invited because he has always declined, and he would do so again.

"They asked me so many times, Joe [Buck] would always be saying, 'Aw, c'mon Vin, we'd love to have you on, just for an inning,' " he recounted. "I said, 'I don't belong there. I don't deserve to be there. I've been there, I've done it, I've been grateful, and that's good enough. And after a while, you make a mistake, people are like, he's on the air again?"

So, for the record, he wouldn't come out of retirement even for an inning on a Dodgers broadcast?

"I don't have any desire to go back. I'm so grateful and thankful for the 67 years," he said. "I know when I'm done, and I am done, that's for sure."

 

But he did leave the door open for more of his memorable taped in-game bits.

"If the Dodgers ask me to do a promo over the radio, I'm more than happy to do that," he said. "I like the feel that, even as far as I am from the team ... maybe I have that tryout locker in the clubhouse, that somewhere I'm associated with the team.''

He sighed.

"I'm done. Really I am. People have heard me enough," he said. "And now it's time for me ... 'Scully, be quiet. Go over and sit down.' "

Scully, keep talking, forever and ever.

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