A: I wish that I could come up with better descriptive phrases immediately. I wish my brain was sharper. I wish I could remember every line of poetry I ever read, and be able to call it to mind during some moment on a play. And I don't mean to impress people; I just mean the great writers have been able to string together great words to sum up great emotions, and how wonderful it would be if I could do that, too. But I can't. But I do like to read, and I'm always trying to improve in that way. That's the human being in all of us. You'll never make it to where you have mastered it. No way.
Q: What do you think of today's announcers?
A: I'm not a big listener, and consequently, I'm probably less of a judge than anyone else. If I were doing the World Series, I would watch some of the playoffs because I was going to be involved with several of those teams. But just to tune in to watch or listen, I just don't do that. Life is short enough, and the time that I do have, I like to spend it doing other things. It would be like asking an insurance man if he likes to read actuary tables. If I'm off, I'm playing golf. And if it's raining, then I'm reading. I'm not watching a game.
Q: How do you feel about announcers who cheer for their teams?
A: I think it's great if that's what the people want. But I try very hard to go down the middle. Once you start seeing things with your heart and not your eyes, you're risking a lot of things. If you want a home run so badly, you'll be like the fan. You'll scream on a fly ball, and I was trained not to do that. I was afraid to root. I was afraid that I would lose all kinds of perspective. My judgment would become suspect. I want people to believe me. I can't be a fan.
Q: Yeah, but were you a fan when Kirk Gibson hit the home run?
A: My thought was, "He's had such a great year, and he's meant so much to the team, I just hope he doesn't strike out." With that mind-set, for him to then hit the home run, that was incredible. I have slotted that as the most theatrical home run I have ever seen. But I couldn't look at it with my heart. Yet when it was over, I couldn't sit down after the game. I was so caught up in the moment, the crowd roaring, the place going bananas. We went off the air, and I could not sit down.
Q: How much longer will you broadcast the Dodgers?
A: I don't know. I really don't. Let's put it this way. If I survive, I'll keep doing it. As of right now, I feel great. This is a heck of a time to ask me that. I'm not thinking about quitting at all. If anything, let's get it started.
* Vin Scully will broadcast the Dodgers' opening game against the Florida Marlins at 1 p.m. today on KABC-AM (790).