LOS ANGELES — Vin Scully isn’t here. Instead, in broadcast booth No. 1 in the Vin Scully press box, his seat is filled by Fox’s play-by-play duo of Joe Buck and John Smoltz.
Now, this isn’t a surprise, Vin retired and said there would be no postseason assignment because you can only really say goodbye once. But it’s not just the broadcast booth. Vin isn’t anywhere in Dodger Stadium — unless you count the various pictures and tributes.
In the hours before Game 4 of the National League Championship, the on-field hypemen are still talking about “Win for Vin” — a mantra that followed the Los Angeles Dodgers this far into the postseason. But Vin ain’t here, man.
What’s he doing instead? That answer might surprise you. According to Paul Sullivan of The Chicago Tribune, Vin is watching Game 3 of Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump:
Friend of Vin Scully says he won't be at the game tonight. "He said he wants to watch the debate." pic.twitter.com/7Q3Efqx31o
— Paul Sullivan (@PWSullivan) October 19, 2016
Shortly after first pitch on Wednesday night, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reported that Scully would be coming to Dodger Stadium again. For Game 5 on Thursday night.
Legendary Vin Scully, voice of the #Dodgers, plans to attend Game 5 of the NLCS for his first visit to Dodger Stadium since his retirement.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) October 20, 2016
Scully just can’t stay away, apparently. He was asked during a news conference in September whether he’d attend a game if the Dodgers made a World Series run. His answer?
“I would probably watch, however, for sure, and maybe if I was invited to the last game or whatever, maybe I would go. But basically once I call it an end, which will be October 2nd, I’ll try very hard to kind of just stay back and be the very normal guy that I am.”
It’s hard not to get swept up in the postseason. If he’s there for the NLCS, you gotta wonder whether Vin show up for the World Series if the Dodgers make it.
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