And this morning, no one did. At 9:30 a.m., Tournament of Roses President R. Scott Jenkins announced that the person who will preside over the 125th Rose Parade and toss the coin at the 100th Rose Bowl Game is Vin Scully, beloved announcer for the Los Angeles (nee Brooklyn) Dodgers for 64 years.
After turning down the gig multiple times, Scully was finally convinced to bear the honors, and what better year than 2014, with such auspicious anniversaries for the Tournament of Roses. We caught Jenkins as he was leaving the stage and asked how he scored Scully. The TOR president came close to your reporter and whispered, “Sandy. One word.” Sandy is Scully’s wife.
With his usual humility, Scully said, “I’m not making a personal appearance as much as beating my breast, saying thank you God for the opportunity.” For Scully, his success is all about other people.
Scully is just about as perfect a choice as one can desire for the position. Like the Tournament itself, he combines national and international renown with deep local roots and love from the fans. It is unlikely, though, that anyone seriously thought he would accept until reporters arrived to Cracker Jack, organ music, and blue and white curtains across the Tournament House porch.
After he had declined so many times, even after a petition drive from Rose Parade and Dodger fans, the announcement was, for many of us, a dream come true.
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