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Quote of the Day: Vin Scully

Jun 25, 2010, 10:54 AM EDT

Would Vin Scully pull a Prince Edward?

“I’ve been thinking recently, the Prince of Wales gave up the British throne  to marry an American woman, which immediately
disqualified him, and I thought, My God, if he can give up the British
throne for his wife, maybe I can give up baseball.”

Vin Scully on the thought process he goes through when he thinks about when, if ever, he’s going to retire.  What Scully doesn’t note, however, is that he’s way more important to baseball than some accident of birth, hoity toity royal is to the people of the United Kingdom.

Read the whole story, by the way, which is by Tyler Kepner of the New York Times. He also has a fuller account of his interview with Scully that is more than worth your time.

  1. The Common Man - Jun 25, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    Don’t you dare, Vin. Gotta keep showing the whippersnappers how it’s done.

  2. adam - Jun 25, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    What I don’t get is that since almost everyone universally agrees that Vin Scully is everything that is good with baseball announcing, why on Earth don’t other broadcasters try to imitate him?

    I mean, they blabber on about nonsense, not letting the game speak for itself, never pausing to let the listener hear the crowd noise but thinking everything needs commenting on. We get tons of the Chris Berman, Joe Buck and Tim McCarver’s, never shutting up and running stupid story lines into the ground (Manny’s back in Boston!!!).

    I guess I’ll just sit back and hope that some time in the next 50 – 60 years another wave of announcers like Vin will come along and take back the beautiful game from the blabbers.

  3. HP3 - Jun 25, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    Adam – You are absolutely correct! Give me Scully’s rhythm and poetry over everyone else’s bombast.

  4. rob - Jun 25, 2010 at 3:48 PM

    I think the problem is the back grounds of the broadcasters these days. All the greats started on radio. They had to tell the game as a story, paint a picture for the listener and keep them informed of the situations. Today, the score is always on the screen, so is the count, replays paint the pictures, and the announcers feel they need to add more to the broadcast, and that is where the nonsense comes from. It will be a sad day, when you can no longer hear Vin broadcast a game.

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