In the years since Vin Scully retired from the broadcast booth, he has occasionally returned to Dodger Stadium and partnered with the Los Angeles Dodgers on special projects, and with MLB for Opening Day of the 2020 season.
The latest of which had Scully narrating a tribute video in memory of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, which was played during a pregame ceremony. Dodgers players and coaches stood along the third-base line in Nos. 8 and 24 Lakers jerseys.
Scully has otherwise remained private in retirement, repeatedly turning down offers to get back into the booth — whether it be for an All-Star Game or World Series. However, fans soon will be able to connect with the broadcasting ico.
According Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Scully is set to enter the world of social media on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. While Scully is entering a new endeavor, he’s certainly aware of its pitfalls and will steer clear of them:
And now, to our benefit, Scully has decided to share his commentary with the world, and for the first time will venture into the social media domain with his own Twitter (@TheVinScully), Instagram (@TheVinScully) and Facebook account (Vin Scully) on Wednesday and a YouTube channel next week. His website (www.dodgersvinscully.com) will launch in October.
“I was a fan before I was a broadcaster, and I want to see and hear and engage with people,” Scully told USA TODAY Sports on Friday.
“I will not use Twitter for any controversy in any shape or form,” Scully said. “I’ll be very, very careful what goes out. It’s too volatile of a world. I don’t want anyone mistaking what I originally meant. I won’t get into any arguments, but if I feel necessary to chime in, I’ll do it.”
By establishing an online presence, Scully will be able to directly connect with fans like he did for 67 seasons calling Dodgers games in Brooklyn and L.A. To this point, that largely has been limited to statements released through the team.
Unfortunately, that recently amounted to news of Scully being hospitalized after a fall at home. He continued to assure fans of good health during the recovery and even had the humor to poke fun at himself.
Kershaw responds to criticism
Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers have been the subject of some scrutiny since electing to stand by Mookie Betts and boycott a game at Oracle Park last week. Kershaw has been particularly vocal in the fight for equality, and that has inexplicably led to negative responses on social media.
“I’m not one to look at the comments a whole lot, for obvious reasons. It doesn’t always go well for me out there. (But) I have seen some of the things being said,” Kershaw said.
“What I would say first and foremost is we’re just doing the right thing. We’re supporting Black players, supporting the Black community, and what they’re going through. If the roles were reversed and there was something that was really difficult for me or one of my other teammates, I would hope that we would have the support of our full team. It’s as simple as that.
“Yes, I have seen those comments. That’s OK, because I feel like we’re doing the right thing.”
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