Dodgers’ Vin Scully relishes his long goodbye

LOS ANGELES — Vin Scully hasn’t thought much about what he’ll do the morning after he calls his final game as the broadcaster for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

“Maybe the first thing I’ll do Monday is take my watch off and put it in a drawer and just think, ‘I can do anything I want,'” he said to a roomful of reporters before Saturday night’s game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium.

On Sunday afternoon, the 88-year-old Scully will call his final game at Chavez Ravine, and next weekend, he’ll end his 67-year career with a three-game series at the San Francisco Giants.

Scully talked for 50 minutes Saturday, spinning stories ranging from his adaptation to the transistor radio in the mid-1950s to Kirk Gibson’s famous home run to win Game 1 of the 1988 World Series to learning of the death of fellow broadcaster and former Dodgers pitcher Don Drysdale while on the air in 1993 to the emotions he felt when he was honored Friday night at Dodger Stadium. Scully said the pregame ceremony Friday was the loudest he has ever heard a stadium in his career, and the night hit a crescendo as he was leaving the field with Sandra, his wife of nearly 43 years, and the Dodgers lined up on either side of the blue carpet.

“I turned to my wife and said, ‘It feels like we’re getting married again,'” Scully said.

Scully said he has been touched by the visiting coaches and players who have made the trip up to the press box to say their goodbyes this season, most recently Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, a Southern California native, and manager Walt Weiss.

“For them to make that long walk in uniform and come up and say hello is more than gratifying,” he said. “When you think about it, you almost feel like crying. I mean, [Giants manager] Bruce Bochy, who caught for so many years, it’s a labor of love for him to get out to the mound to remove the pitcher, so for Bruce to walk all the way from about the foul pole all the way up to the booth. … Your heart just swells.”

Scully said he isn’t thinking too much about Sunday’s final broadcast at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers’ magic number is two entering Saturday night, and they can clinch the National League West with a win and Giants loss at the San Diego Padres.

If just one of those situations occurs, the Dodgers can clinch with a victory in Scully’s final home game Sunday, a scenario many would like to see. That’s fine with Scully, as long as the focus isn’t on him.

“I don’t want to think about me. I want to think about the game and the importance of the game,” he said. “When it’s all over, my family will be here, and I’ll probably go and sit with them a while, but I’m not trying to think of anything but the importance of the game. Otherwise, it will be a problem.”

He might have the only dry eye in the stadium.

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