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Vin Scully doing the World Series on TV would be a genius move

Baseball's most charming diplomat for 64 seasons says he doesn't want to get in the way and is content to do the games on radio, but it would feel wrong if Dodgers make it and Scully isn't calling it.

September 24, 2013|Chris Erskine
  • Vin Scully has been calling the Dodgers for 64 seasons, but with the playoffs coming up and L.A. poised to make a run at the World Series, the legendary broadcaster might not be the one making the call for Fox.
Vin Scully has been calling the Dodgers for 64 seasons, but with the playoffs… (Nick Ut / Associated Press )

Vin Scully not doing a Dodgers World Series would be like the pope not doing Christmas.

Yet, if the Dodgers make it that far, that's exactly what we will face. The most amazing broadcaster of all time, baseball's most charming diplomat for 64 seasons, would not be calling the games on network television -- or any television.

In the postseason, of course, the big networks take over. Joe Buck would do the World Series, not Scully.

Oh, heavenly father, say it ain't so.

Nothing against Buck, for he's got baseball in the blood. Son of Jack, the younger Buck is a pro's pro. But he's no Scully. None of us is. In a world in which "genius" is overused, Scully is just that.

I could make a case Scully should be doing every World Series, but especially he should do a Dodgers World Series. I haven't seen them all, but I think this has been his greatest season. Did you happen to catch his rendition of Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance during the Cubs series this year? Tony Awards have been given for less.

Would opposing fans object to a Dodgers announcer calling the network games? Scully's never been what they call a "homer"; Red Barber taught him about that. Besides, he called the 1988 World Series for NBC, and nobody blew a gasket.

Scully tells us he has no interest in getting in the way, and he's quite content to work the games only on radio. Fox says plans are still underway, and they need also to honor Tim McCarver, who is retiring. One possibility they have considered is bringing other announcers into the booth to help honor McCarver, which could include Scully.

In any case, baseball's in a pretty good place right now, lots of young talent on the field. And in the network TV booth, in October, should be the game's greatest living tenor.

The Dodgers are the current favorites to win the World Series, at 4-1, according to Bovada, the online sports book. The Red Sox (9-2) and the Tigers (19-4) follow in second and third.

Meanwhile, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota appears to be pulling away from the pack in the Heisman race; he's now at 3-1. UCLA's Brett Hundley is in the seventh spot, at 16-1.

There were no bricks left over when God finished the architectural marvel that is Juan Uribe. Whatever he keeps in his jaw -- a wad of tobacco? A Hyundai? -- it's bigger than a bread truck. And so is Uribe, the Dodgers' foil and (third base) fence.

Who'd-a-thunk Dodgers fans would ever warm to this guy? Uribe looks like a cross between a big rig and the muffin man. When he stands at the plate, a good chunk of him still resides in the dugout. He might be the only player in the game who could play in two cities at once.

Now that's range.

Here's hoping the Dodgers keep him around another year.

FYI, five Dodgers just jumped in my backyard pool. And, you know, I'm cool with that.

If you struck out trying to acquire Dodgers playoff tickets Friday, you were not alone. Most seats were gone in a flash. Tickets remain only for division series Game 3 and league championship series Game 4, pending home-field advantage. Tickets to any games not played are fully refundable.

On Tuesday, StubHub was selling division series seats for Game 1 starting at $62. World Series seats were going for $157.

Speaking of who'd-a-thunk, who'd-a-thunk at this point the 49ers, Eagles, Packers and Falcons would all be 1-2?

And if the Eagles played the University of Oregon right now, what would the spread be?

I say Ducks by 21.

Hats off: To the Foothill Sports League for its recent U-turn in allowing girls to play on boys' flag football teams, without penalty. Credit goes to students and parents for pressuring them to do the right thing, and especially Ella Wood for putting herself out there as a player. A good life lesson for all.

Hats off II: To ESPN analyst Orel Hershiser for tough talk on Ryan Braun, during Sunday's Cards-Brewers game:

Hershiser: "I would love to see someone finally step forward and give some of the money back. I would love to see the players -- I know the players' association and agents wouldn't allow it -- but for complete redemption say, 'You know what? I set some standards taking this stuff. And -- if I don't approach those standards -- then let's give some of the money back.' "

chris.erskine@latimes.com

Twitter: @erskinetimes


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