Dating back to his start with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950, Vin Scully is the longest tenured broadcaster to stay with a single team and is the most recognizable voice in all of baseball.
As the subject of a segment on ESPN’s In Focus With Hannah Storm, Scully discussed his daily routine, Yasiel Puig and how he handles a big moment.
Scully told Storm each game calls for the same process that includes him filling in his own lineups and notes in the same notebook he has used for over 40 years. And of course, “It’s time for Dodger baseball,” the notorious words Scully utters before he takes his audience on a journey.
While Scully admits to preparing before every broadcast, he does allow room for improvisation for special moments such as, Kirk Gibson’s walk-off home run in the 1988 World Series and Hank Aaron’s record-breaking homer:
I prepare like heck for a broadcast. But I never prepare for a possible moment. I don’t want to be prepared, I want the emotion, whatever it might be. I want that to be so true for the moment.”
Scully also spoke of labeling Yasiel Puig the ‘Wild Horse’:
First time I saw him running in the outfield, in my mind I could see like a stallion with a mane flying in the wind.”
As for what motivates Scully to continue calling games after 66 years of doing so, it’s his passion for the game and being moved by
As long as I get the goosebumps on the exciting play. As long as I feel that, that’s kind of my thermometer as to whether I belong or not. I still get them so far.”
Scully will turn 87 years of age this November. Along with calling Dodger home games, his travel is limited to road games in California and Arizona. However, Scully did make an exception when the Dodgers opened the 2014 season in Australia.
As has been the case in years prior, Scully is likely to decide whether he’ll return in 2015 after this season.
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