Vin Scully, legendary Dodgers broadcaster, to join social media world
Vin Scully, the Hall of Fame broadcaster with the soothing voice, may be retired now and confined to his Hidden Hills, California, home with his wife, but he is our national treasure.
And now, to our benefit, Scully has decided to share his commentary with the world, and for the first time will venture into the social media domain with his own Twitter (@TheVinScully), Instagram (@TheVinScully) and a Facebook accounts (Vin Scully). Scully’s Twitter and Instagram accounts officially will launch Wednesday, and Facebook in October.
“I was a fan before I was a broadcaster, and I want to see and hear and engage with people,” Scully told USA TODAY Sports on Friday.
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Scully, 92, has not left his home since being hospitalized for five days in April following a fall in his driveway that left him with fractured ribs, a broken nose and a concussion that now requires a full-time nurse.
Scully has never used social media, but he’s eager to share his legendary calls and material and have his own voice on social media to direct fans to his authentic site. It will be the first time he has a team looking out for his interests in the digital space.
“It’s a great way for Vin to reconnect to his fans,” said Chicago White Sox executive and insurance magnate Dennis Gilbert, who helped set up the project with a New York-based production company. “It will be virtual Vin Scully museum.”
And, yes, he is quite aware of Twitter’s vitriol and negativity.
“I will not use Twitter for any controversy in any shape or form,” Scully said. “I’ll be very, very careful what goes out. It’s too volatile of a world. I don’t want anyone mistaking what I originally meant. I won’t get into any arguments, but if I feel necessary to chime in, I’ll do it.”
Scully’s social media sites will repurpose many of his legendary calls, from Hank Aaron’s 715th homer to Don Larsen’s perfect game to Kirk Gibson’s World Series walk-off. There will be pictures, quotes, and commemorative moments.
Scully was voted in a Los Angeles Times reader poll in May as the biggest icon in LA Sports history, topping Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, John Wooden, Sandy Koufax, Tommy Lasorda, Eric Dickerson and Wayne Gretzky.
Anyone want to take a guess about how quickly Scully reaches one million followers?