Dodgers Report: Ivan De Jesus Jr.
March, 17, 2012
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Vin Scully was characteristically understated when explaining on Saturday night why he decided to trim just a little more from his already-reduced travel schedule this year, the legendary Los Angeles Dodgers Hall of Fame broadcaster subtracting Colorado from his customary list of stops.
"There really is no big reason," Scully said. "I just wanted to back off a little bit more on the travel. That is basically it. I remember telling Frank McCourt years ago, I said I would like to disappear like a cheshire cat, where all of a sudden, the only thing left is a smile. Well, this is just a little bit of that disappearing going on, and as long as they are allowing me to do it, then why not?"
Scully still will call more than 100 games this season, including every home game not broadcast nationally by Fox. Simply put, his schedule will include every Dodgers game in California and Arizona.
Scully spoke to reporters about an hour before Saturday night's spring-training game, a 3-3, nine-inning tie with the San Francisco Giants before a sellout crowd of 13,655 -- the largest in Cactus League history -- at Camelback Ranch. It was the second half of a split-squad doubleheader, the Dodgers having lost the afternoon game 8-6 to the Colorado Rockies, also before a sellout crowd of 12,465, at Talking Stick in Scottsdale.
Scully originally hadn't planned to do any games from spring training this year, but he ultimately decided to do this one as well as Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Angels, also at Camelback Ranch. Additionally, Scully will do the final two games of the freeway series against the Angels at Dodger Stadium April 3-4.
"It occurred to me that the last baseball game I did was on Sept. 28," Scully said, recalling the Dodgers' season finale at Chase Field in Phoenix. "I thought, my gosh, all these highly talented players, they have to come here and practice for a month to get ready, so I want to do a couple of games just to get the feel of it again."