One of the greatest broadcasters ever and one of the greatest events of the year will combine into one this year, merging baseball and college football in one brief moment.
The parade, happening for the 125th time, will be held before the 100th Rose Bowl, which generally features the winner of the Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences. The event began in 1890 as a promotional effort by Pasadena's Valley Hunt Club, according to the Tournament of Roses website. As Professor Charles F. Holder put it, "In New York, people are buried in snow. Here our flowers are blooming and our oranges are about to bear. Let's hold a festival to tell the world about our paradise."
However, Scully initially balked at the idea of being the grand marshal for the event.
“I was rather overwhelmed by the invitation,” Scully said. “I really wondered if I should accept. What have I done to deserve being grand marshal?
“I haven’t done anything but talk about the accomplishments of others.”
Bleacher Report MLB Lead Writer Zachary D. Rymer tweeted this out:
Vin Scully should be the Grand Marshall of everything.— Zachary D. Rymer (@zachrymer) September 5, 2013
So, what does a grand marshal do?
Being the grand marshal, Scully will take the lead in the parade and be a part of the multiple activities centering around the Tournament of Roses. Scully will also flip the coin prior to the Rose Bowl game.
Dilbeck's story goes on to say that Scully finally accepted after the nudging of his wife, adding that it will give him a chance "to thank all of the sports fans in Los Angeles."
Even having never lived on the West Coast, I can understand and appreciate the contributions Scully has made to baseball and society in general.
While Scully says being the grand marshal will give him the opportunity to thank all of the sports fans in Los Angeles, I think the opposite will be true. Fans will be able to show their appreciation for all Scully has done for them.
Earlier in the year, Scully announced he would be returning for a 65th season to call Dodgers' games. That's right...for 65 years he has been the man behind the mic in Brooklyn and Los Angeles.
Instead of Scully thanking the fans, it will be the fans thanking him. He's given so much to the sport of baseball and it's finally time for him to know how much we appreciate it.