And just like that, the social media world got a little brighter, with a genuine dose of happiness.
With the handle @TheVinScully, Vin Scully, the now-retired, longtime radio voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers joined Twitter Wednesday
He begins his Twitter adventure by posting a truly charming, intro video, saying, “Hello, everybody! And a very good afternoon to you. This is Vin….” Along the way, he offers to use his account to help viewers “in any way, shape, or form” he’s able to and promises fans that he won’t be adding any “controvers[y]” with his online presence. But, what’s the story?
According to the Los Angeles Times:
Beginning Wednesday, Scully will engage with followers on Twitter and Instagram through the handle @TheVinScully. There are also plans for a Facebook page to be launched in October, with the potential for the creation of a Scully website and YouTube channel.
Vin gave just one reason for joining social media at the young age of 92 — and it couldn’t be more endearing for any baseball fan to hear.
He missed the fans.
He told the L.A. Times:
“I was told the fans would like to talk to me, and I said, well, that would be very nice.”
Writer Bill Plaschke put it this way:
Four years after his emotional retirement, Scully misses the buzz of Dodger Stadium, the beauty of its surroundings, the kindness of its workers, and the thrills he shared for 67 years during the most magical run in sports broadcasting history.
Indeed. with that 67 years, Vin Scully holds the record for the longest, continuous stretch of employment with a single team — only former MLB player and manager Tommy Lasorda nips at his heels (by two years).
Here’s the video “the Voice of the Dodgers” shared to make his social media debut. I dare you not to smile as you watch it!
— Vin Scully (@TheVinScully) September 2, 2020