Vin Scully Could Get The Stretch Of Freeway Next To Dodger Stadium Named After Him
Hi everybody, and a very pleasant good day to you, wherever you may be! A stretch of freeway may soon be named after the legendary Vin Scully.On Thursday, Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, whose district includes Echo Park and Dodger Stadium, introduced a bill that proposes naming a stretch of the 110 freeway after the man who served as the team's play-by-play announcer for 67 years. "Mr. Scully is and will continue to be long known as being legendary for his abilities to bring to Californians the history, color, and passion for baseball and for his caring for others," read the text of the bill, praising the long-time announcer. The renaming would apply to the two-mile stretch between the 101 and 5 freeways, which runs next to Dodger Stadium and Elysian Park.
We haven't heard from Scully how he feels about the potential honor, but we're sure he'd be quite humbled. After all, when he was given the news that he would be award the President Medal of Freedom, he simply said, "Are you sure? I'm just an old baseball announcer."
Also last year, Scully was bestowed the honor of having Elysian Park Avenue—which thousands of Dodger fans use every home game to get to the stadium from Sunset Boulevard—renamed Vin Scully Avenue.
Scully would not be the first Dodger honoree to have a freeway named after him in Southern California. In August, a stretch of the 210 freeway between La Cañada Flintridge and Pasadena was named for Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball's color barrier when he debuted with the Dodgers in 1947. (Appropriately, it was a 4.2-mile stretch, in honor of Robinson's uniform number 42).
And just because we can't get enough of re-naming freeways here in Los Angeles, just last month a state senator proposed naming a stretch of the 134 freeway after President Barack Obama.