First, we should say that Vin Scully accepted the gig. He was a little surprised when asked, but he eventually agreed to be the grand marshal of the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade, which will happen on Jan. 1 before the 100th installment of college football's Rose Bowl.
Scully, the beloved Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster, the 64-year veteran who recently said he's returning for his 65th, was in classic Vin Scully form talking about being approached for the grand marshal role.
Mostly, he didn't think he deserved it, telling the Los Angeles Times' Steve Dilbeck:
“I was rather overwhelmed by the invitation. I really wondered if I should accept. What have I done to deserve being grand marshal? I haven’t done anything but talk about the accomplishments of others.”
Oh, Vin. Sweet, humble Vin. What have you done? You've done plenty. Tops on the list: You are the voice of baseball to one of the biggest cities in the country, a voice who transcends rivalries and city-affiliations. Surely, you're owed at least one day where people talk about your accomplishments.
“I thought about it and my long association with the Dodgers, and that it was also an opportunity — with all the functions a grand marshal had to attend — to thank all of the sports fans in Los Angeles."
Can't you just hearing him saying that? He's nothing if not a man who knows how to say the right thing at the right moment. Scully, 85, joins a long list of notable Rose Parade grand marshals, people such as Hank Aaron, Frank Sinatra, Arnold Palmer, William Shatner and George Lucas.
Tournament of Roses President R. Scott Jenkins told the Associated Press that this was a way of honoring Scully for his life's work. That's another thing Scully humbly shrugged off.
''I don't take it as any personal, great accomplishment. I only take it for what it is, the fact that I've been doing this for so long here and the Dodgers are doing well. It's not me.''
C'mon, Vin, stop. You're too good at this.