Scully was chosen as the grand marshal for the event and will flip the coin at the 100th Rose Bowl between Stanford and Michigan State. Doing his press tour for the event, the 86-year-old broadcaster was asked about the honor, but also about the upcoming Dodger season by Brian Bencomo of Pasadena Magazine:
Well, you know, I never predict because I really — I’m like everybody else — I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future. I do know that they came off a most exciting season and they came close. I tell people: one pitch, one fractured rib and two games. That’s as close as they came to the World Series. So if they can stay healthy –- and no one can predict that –- but if they stay healthy, they should be very, very competitive once again.
It was the 2013 Dodgers that got Scully so excited that he decided to travel with the team to Atlanta and St. Louis for the NLDS and NLCS. Unlike the regular season, Scully didn’t have TV broadcasting duties, but called the first three and last three innings of the games on the radio.
As he mentioned, the Dodgers were frustratingly close to clinching a berth in the World Series as the theme of the season continued to be injuries. Hanley Ramirez was hit in his first at-bat of the series by a fastball from Cardinals starter Joe Kelly, fracturing his eighth rib and seemingly changing the complexion of the series.
With the success the Dodgers had last season, Scully decided he would come back for his 65th season in 2014 as they look to give him one more chase for the World Series.
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