It's fall, which means it's time for Angelenos to lavish praise on Vin Scully. The annual ritual typically begins around the time that Scully announces he will come back for another year behind the microphone, and it gets particularly intense any time the Dodgers go to the postseason.
This year, fresh-faced L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti is getting in on the act. In an interview on KABC
, Garcetti said he would like to rename a street near Dodger Stadium for the veteran broadcaster.
Only one problem: Scully doesn't want that.
The idea came to Garcetti via Twitter. (Of course.) Appearing on KABC's Eyewitness Newsmakers on Sunday, Garcetti said "There's no honor that could be too great for Vin Scully, and I absolutely would love to rename a street for him."
Garcetti added: "I know there's been a lot in the Twittersphere, a lot of people tweeting and Facebooking about this."
But are they Instagramming about it? What about Pinterest? How do we know if this is good public policy unless we've checked all the social media platforms?
Apparently no one in the mayor's office consulted ahead of time with Scully. And as it turns out, he's not too hot on the idea.
"The mayor of Los Angeles has a great deal more important things to do than name a street after me," Scully responded
Scully continued: "And if he is considering that idea, better the street should be named after Walter or Peter O'Malley than myself."
Typical Scully, turning the spotlight to others. Every year, fans beg Fox to bring him back to call the World Series on TV. While it would be magical, especially if the Dodgers make the Series, he seems not to be interested.
This year, he will call the first three innings and the last three innings of Dodger playoff games on the radio.
"I have no reason to be on TV," he told ESPN
. "I don't deserve to be there. I'm not going to intrude on the fellas who have been working TV. No, no, I'm not going to go near TV."
"Don't deserve to be there"? Maybe in a literal sense, no one deserves to be there -- it's a privilege. But if anyone deserves it, it's Scully.
As for the street-renaming idea, Garcetti knows a popped trial balloon when he sees one: