“Hi, everybody, and a very pleasant good afternoon to you …”
When Vin Scully speaks, and his timelessly rich voice comes out, it’s easy to feel transported back to Dodger Stadium circa 1950-2016.
But Wednesday’s viral video featuring the longtime Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster was not an announcement of his return to baseball — it was his debut post on social media.
Legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully made his social media debut today and it was really sweet.
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) September 2, 2020
“I’m delighted to see if I can’t serve you in any way, shape or form,” Scully says in his video, which amassed more than 1.5 million views on Twitter in the first six hours. “We might chat about a famous date in baseball, or a player or a team — and, hopefully, nothing controversial.”
Scully makes it clear that he wants to connect with fans in a new, fun way, avoiding any of the vitriol that tends to accompany social media.
“This is strictly a meeting of friends — having some fun — talking about our favourite subject,” he says.
Scully retired in 2016 after 67 celebrated years of play-by-play broadcasting. He has all the accolades someone in that role could hope to accomplish, and more, including a presidential medal of freedom and a Hollywood star.
So … why on Earth did he join social media? What’s left to gain?
“I miss the fans, I really do,” Scully told L.A. Times columnist Bill Plaschke. “I’ve always said I needed the fans more than they needed me.”
Now, thanks to Scully himself, fans have a new way to connect with one of baseball’s most cherished personalities.