They had to talk him into it. That’s the thing, which should actually surprise no one who’s had the great gift of listening to Vin Scully through the decades.
“It’s not my nature to lead a parade,” Scully said.
Yet the biggest surprise in learning Thursday that Scully has been selected as the grand marshal for the 125th Rose Parade is that it hadn’t already happened. It may be the parade's most natural and comfortable selection ever.
Yet Scully, forever humble and private, initially balked.
“I was rather overwhelmed by the invitation,” Scully said. “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.”
And brought countless joy to generations in Los Angeles. Nudged on by his wife, Sandi, he finally came around.
“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,” he said.