The lovable Dodgers play-by-play legend has added to his encyclopedia-sized book of "aww shucks" moments. This time, he's rejected an idea supported by Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti to rename a street in Scully's honor.
The Dodgers released a statement Sunday night at Scully's urging after talk of Vin Scully Way started to circulate. Here's the statement, via the L.A. Times:
“The mayor of Los Angeles has a great deal more important things to do than name a street after me,” Scully said in the statement. “And if he is considering the idea, better the street should be named after Walter or Peter O’Malley than myself.”
Scully — set for his 65th year in the booth next season — has been known to shy away from the spotlight. Like earlier this month when he was named the grand marshal of the annual Rose Bowl Parade and wondered, "What have I done to deserve being grand marshal?"
Mayor Garcetti talked about the possibility of Vin Scully Way on a Sunday morning news program on ABC-7 in L.A., saying:
"There's no honor that could be too great for Vin Scully, and I absolutely would love to rename a street for him. We'll look at a few around the stadium as a possibility," said Garcetti. "I know there's been a lot in the Twittersphere, a lot of people tweeting and Facebooking about this."
Here's the problem: Every time something like this happens and we're reminded how wonderful of a guy Scully is, people just want to honor him even more. It's a dizzying loop of humility.
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