By Ed Odeven
TOKYO (May 30, 2016) —In the final season of Vin Scully’s remarkable announcing career, there have been many fine tributes to the legendary broadcaster.
Scully’s humility despite the constant attention is admirable. His polite demeanor is impressive, too.
He is, after all, a big shot. A living legend.
But he doesn’t act like one. He doesn’t boast constantly about his longevity as a broadcaster or his huge list of accolades in the business.
He does his job. He broadcasts Los Angeles Dodgers games. He lives his life.
In his May cover story for Sports Illustrated, Tom Verducci provided quality insights on Scully’s day-to-day life (http://www.si.com/mlb/2016/05/10/vin-scully-dodgers-tom-verducci-profile). He mentioned the fact that Scully is a longtime parishioner at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church in Westlake Village, California.
And so I reached out to Father Jim Stehly at St. Jude, asking him via email about how he feels Scully has carried himself at the church and how he has been a role model on and off the airwaves.
Father Stehly wrote back with these words: “I’ll say this about Vin: He’s made extreme Dodger fans of us all here at St. Jude’s! He’s been a parishioner here far longer than I’ve been pastor (three years). But I can tell you that one of the greatest things about being here at St. Jude’s is finding out that Vin Scully is indeed exactly the man that we all want to think he is.”