With his tenure as MLB Commissioner winding down, Bud Selig has paid to a visit to various stadiums around the league and addressed the media on multiple occasions.
On Friday, Selig’s tour took him to Dodger Stadium where he discussed his worry for the Dodgers franchise during the Frank McCourt era, fans’ unwavering support in light of the SportsNet LA TV impasse and presented the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement award to Vin Scully, which was unbeknownst to the legendary broadcaster.
Throughout Scully’s historic career as voice of the Dodgers have been two constants — his eloquence in broadcasting games and perpetual humility. After an interview with Selig, Scully was notified by executive vice president and chief marketing officer Lon Rosen, that the Commissioner wanted to privately present him with something:
Lon had said to me, ‘the Commissioner wants to give you something, but it won’t be in front of the public.’ What I thought is I would do the interview and he’d give me a watch. The last thing I thought of is when someone says ‘it won’t be in the public,’ I didn’t expect it to be in a press conference.”
Scully said he was overwhelmed to receive the award and said it wasn’t something on his mind. Scully also added he was glad he didn’t need to speak and compared the situation to the announcement he’d return in 2015.
The Dodgers played a video during the July 29 game to break the news and the fans in attendance rose to their feet and applauded the news. Scully called it one of the most difficult moments he’s encountered while broadcasting as he found it difficult to overcome the emotion and return his focus to the game.
Scully became just the second non-player to receive the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement award, which was created in 1998. Courtesy of Dodgers.com, video of Scully’s interview discussing the honor: