Dreams have come true for sports fans everywhere – especially Los Angeles Dodgers fans. Tournament of Roses President Scott Jenkins has selected Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully as the 2014 Grand Marshal. Announced at Tournament House on Thursday, September 5, Scully was made to feel right at home with flourishes from “the national pastime.”
With pennants hung from balconies, Dodger Blue curtains framing the front door, and Cracker Jack being munched by the crowd, anticipation built, along with speculation, as the music of an organ accompanied the murmur of the anxious attendees. Following introductory remarks by President Jenkins and the familiar rally of “Charge!” from the organist, the drapes parted to reveal the beaming 85-year-old broadcast legend.
After a standing ovation and cheers from the audience, Scully applauded the Executive Committee for inviting him during one of the Dodgers’ more successful seasons, and predicted that the team will win the Western Division. All jokes and his fun-loving nature aside, Scully expressed his sincere gratitude.
“I am deeply humbled and greatly honored to be the Grand Marshal of the 125th Rose Parade,” he said. “I look forward to sharing this wonderful moment with my wife, Sandi, and the millions who will be watching.”
An icon spanning generations, Scully’s professional baseball broadcasting career began in 1950 and continues today. In fact, Scully will call his 65th season for the Dodgers in 2014. Despite numerous awards and having witnessed some of the greatest moments in baseball history, Scully remains humble and plans on using his time as Grand Marshal to connect with and thank the sports fans who continue to provide the roar of the crowd that he has loved since childhood.by