Author Topic: Beloved Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully to serve as grand marshal of 2014 Rose Parade  (Read 283 times)

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He really was one of the best. I recall when the Dodgers first moved to LA fans would bring transistor radios to Dodger Stadium so they could listen to Scully's play-by-play as they watched the game. He deserves the honor.

PASADENA, Calif. - Vin Scully will usher in 2014 as grand marshal of the 125th Rose Parade, an honour the Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster initially wasn't sure he would accept.

The more he thought about it, though, the more he warmed up to the idea, calling it "one of those one-in-a-million experiences."

Scully will be joined by his wife, Sandi, for the 5 1/2-mile ride down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena on Jan. 1. He was introduced as grand marshal on Thursday at Tournament House.

He told The Associated Press in an interview before the announcement that his first reaction to being chosen was, "Wow."

Then came some doubt.

The intensely private Scully is rarely seen publicly after the Dodgers' season ends, preferring to spend the winter months at home with his wife of nearly 40 years and their extended family

The prospect of being the centre of attention for several hundred thousand parade revelers and a worldwide television audience had Scully thinking carefully. His wife provided some gentle persuasion.

"She kind of pushed him that on behalf of the Dodgers and on behalf of the fans he needed to do this," Tournament of Roses President R. Scott Jenkins told the AP.

"He is such a humble person that I feared he would not want to be out there and get the accolades. He spends the summer applauding our sports heroes. He is our hero and we get to applaud him and his life's work," Jenkins said.
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