By Jon Weisman
Vin Scully’s confirmation to Bill Shaikin of the Times that he won’t broadcast any playoff games is shocking to many, but he’s been clear for a while about the significance of his final day, October 2.
… He then connected the day he was walking home from school and heard about a World Series game that cemented him as a baseball fan (a Giants fan at the time, to be honest) and changed his life.
“That little boy saw that World Series linescore — October 2, 1936,” Scully said. “My last game, my wonderful last game after 67 years with the ballclub, will be against the San Francisco Giants. It will be October the 2nd, 2016. Exactly 80 years from when that little kid saw that Giants score.” …
Similar to his choice not to participate in any network postseason broadcasts at this point of his life, Vin is deservedly ending his career on his terms.
If there’s any upside to this, it’s that for all of us privileged to be in his audience, the firm departure date allows the focus to be on saying goodbye to Vin, rather than having that parting diluted by playoff triumph or tragedy.
It’s going to be indescribably difficult to say farewell to Vin Scully, and I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t want one more game with him, one more inning, one more pitch. But if you think about it it — no surprise — Vin is right.