If you’re a sports fan in this time of cancellations and hibernations, of no live games to watch, of wondering who the next “name” is to be announced they tested positive for COVID-19, you need some good news.
You need something to end what’s been a two-week losing streak.
You need a calming voice.
You need Vin Scully. We need Vin Scully.
The longtime, legendary NBC and Los Angeles Dodgers play-by-play voice, retired from the booth in 2016, but not before making a name for himself from coast to coast for his syruppy calls of some of the most iconic baseball plays of all time, like the Bill Buckner play and Kirk Gibson home run in the 1986 and 1988 World Series for NBC.
Bill Plaschke of the L.A. Times interviewed Scully recently, because, well, he needed a little hope.
“I need a sound of spring. This being the formerly opening week of the postponed baseball season, I crave the melodious tones of the ballpark, the bunting, the hope,” Plaschke said in a recent column.
So he called Scully … who picked up (“wouldn’t you know, he answers on the first ring”) and delivered some connecting and comforting.
“We’re like everybody else, we’re hunkered down,” says the 92-year-old Scully, who is sheltering with wife Sandi in their Los Angeles home. “But for me, I’ve been hunkered down ever since we hung things up at the end of ‘16, I’m very accustomed to being at home …it’s that old line, if it wasn’t for doctor appointments we wouldn’t have a social life at all.”
When the crisis does begin to slow, Scully says, we’ll know by the crack of the bat.
“If baseball starts up, we’ve got this thing beat and we can go about our lives,” Scully says. “Baseball is not a bad thermometer, when baseball begins, whenever that is, that will be a sure sign that the country is slowly getting back on its feet.”
Some of the other column highlights from Scully:
“I;m just like everybody else, hoping and praying that there’ll be some good news and we’ll have a good season … I have no idea what to do, I’ve never experienced it, I didn’t have any idea this thing … nothing has affected the country like this one … Once in a while one of our children can come over, and they can say quite a few feet away, they’re scared they’re going to bring in something that will blow me away, so it’s a very difficult time. Panic isn’t going to help anybody, and if you can find any humor in this world, that’s awfully important … the only thing I guess is to pray a lot and stay calm. What else can you say?”
The column brought Plaschke, a nationally-known columnist, some catharsis, he said.
“I just wanted to hear that voice. I ended up hearing so much more. If Vin Scully says there’s a rainbow out there somewhere, well, I’m going to start looking.”