2014 started as many Los Angeles Dodger fans would’ve wanted it to: watching and listening to Vin Scully. At the 125th New Year’s Day Rose Parade, the 86-year-old Hall of Fame broadcaster was the Grand Marshal, leading the parade.
It was an honor that suited Scully perfectly, waving and applauding the thousands of fans lined up in Pasadena early this morning. After his full day of parading and flipping the coin at the 100th Rose Bowl Game, he spoke to Gary Klein of the LA Times about his experience:
It’s been absolutely thrilling and heartwarming. One of the great things about it is I was able to share it with my wife with our grandchildren, most of them, and children. So the thought that they were enjoying it as much as I made me feel even better. I don’t think we would have slept much anyway thinking about it and relishing the experience, he said. It’s been really somewhat overwhelming.
Earlier this year, Scully announced he’ll be back in the booth for his 65th season, much to the delight of Dodger and baseball fans everywhere. He was so invested and excited in the 2013 team that he flew to Atlanta and St. Louis to call the first and last three innings of games on the radio.
Always humble, he said he was applauding the fans, thanking them for everything he’s done for him while everyone was there to see him. In his media tour before today, Scully discussed his excitement for the 2014 season and reflected on how close the Dodgers were to clinching their first trip back to the World Series since 1988.
Here’s a GIF from earlier this morning as Vin looks to be fighting the sun: