Vin Scully Named Grand Marshal of the Rose Parade
Vin Scully has a new title to add to his vaults of accomplishments: he will be the Grand Marshal of the 2014 Tournament of Roses.
On January 1, Scully will ride on a float in the parade then head over to the 100th Rose Bowl Game to toss the coin. And what he thought was going to be a quiet offseason as he prepares for his unprecedented 65th season calling Dodger games will be upset a little in December as he participates in all of the events that lead up to the parade.
"I am deeply humbled and greatly honored to be the Grand Marshal of the 125th Rose Parade," said Scully in a press release. "I look forward to sharing this wonderful moment with my wife, Sandi, and the millions who will be watching."
Vin is the poet laureate of the summer in Los Angeles. Since the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles in 1958, Vin's voice has called Dodger games to Southern California.
Everyone remembers his call of Kirk Gibson's home run in the 1988 World Series, Mookie Wilson's nubber along first base that got through Bill Buckner in the 1986 World Series, throwing his sombrero into the air on Fernando Valenzuela's no-hitter, how at 9:47 p.m. on a September night at the Ravine Sandy Koufax got Harvey Kuenn to swing and miss for his first perfect game and fourth no-hitter.
Vin has been satirized on The Simpsons, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, has the press box at Dodger Stadium named after him.
Now he is the Grand Marshal. While I know he will probably deflect the attention as much as he can, he deserves every honor that comes his way. It will be, as he always says, "a very pleasant good day to us wherever we may be."
Besides, make the bum work on Decemeber!