Recently, the Athletic MLB profiled Dodgers’ play-by-play man Joe Davis. Furthermore, I want to say that I never thought anyone could come close to replacing Vin Scully. Like many of you, Scully is why I follow the Dodgers.
And so it goes without saying – Davis is somehow filling the void. While it’s impossible to entirely replace Scully – because who would ever expect that – Davis has his own style which he’s started to embrace. This in particular made for a nice read over at The Athletic.
Vin Scully’s advice to Joe Davis? “Be yourself.”
“It sounds simple,” Davis said. “But when you’re following the greatest ever… human nature is to try and do what made him spectacular, instead of just allowing yourself to be yourself.”@ByMcCullough: https://t.co/H4ciLTiu1l
— The Athletic MLB (@TheAthleticMLB) August 23, 2019
First, Davis talks about what it’s like to follow up a legend in Vin Scully. Furthermore, Davis said that through just being his real self, it’s helped his work.
“It sounds simple,” Davis said. “But especially when you’re following the greatest ever to do it, I think human nature is to try and do what made him spectacular, instead of just allowing yourself to be yourself.”
Moreover, we had the pleasure of meeting Davis in-person. Being himself, he’s one of the most personable and kind people in the spotlight I have ever shaken hands with. Therefore, it’s no surprise that by being himself, he finds success or a pleasant voice.
Without question, it’s hard to think of Davis without thinking of his counterpart Orel Hershiser. The Bulldog talked about what it’s like to work alongside Davis in the broadcast booth, and his quality of work.
“Joe is a wonderful mix of a professional, with a professional approach, and a young man who has been thrust into a situation because he is so good,” Hershiser said. “He’s handling this on the fly, wonderfully.”
Finally, Davis comments that it’s a reciprocated relationship between he and Hershiser.
“Somebody who nails the basics, doesn’t make it about him, makes his partner shine,” Davis said. “And in the biggest moments is at his best. That’s what I really take pride in trying to nail.
I never believed that someone would make me feel at ease when listening to Dodgers baseball like Vin did. Somehow, Davis has answered the bell; and it seems like there is a long road ahead in our budding relationship.