If Robin Williams ever granted me three wishes, one of those would definitely be to have Vin Scully narrate my life.
The Voice of the Dodgers is terrific in almost every way imaginable, and if you needed any more proof of that, look no further than his work as Grand Marshal at the 2014 Rose Parade on Wednesday morning.
ABC7 News in Los Angeles gives us a look at the 86-year-old kicking off the new year in style:
There's really no question that Scully was the right choice to usher in the 125th edition of the famous parade through Pasadena. To call him an icon in Los Angeles might not even do him the necessary justice. He has been working with the Dodgers for an unbelievable 65 years and perhaps has one of the most recognizable, legendary voices in all of sports.
Someone like Scully serving as Grand Marshal for such a prestigious event is the perfect fit. Naturally, he used a baseball metaphor to help explain the honor, via Brian Bencomo at Pasadena Magazine:
Well, I think besides the overwhelming honor -– and it is overwhelming when you arrive at the Tournament House and they show you the pictures of some of the previous Grand Marshals, and the thought comes that your name will be linked with them — I guess to bring the numbers into play, it’s like a hitter in baseball hitting .300 as opposed to .299. Or a pitcher winning 20 as opposed to 19. I think the number 125 for the parade, 100 for the game, just adds a little extra luster. Although you certainly don’t need any extra luster.
Another example of Scully's legend? Check out some sports media figures, who are used to being around some of the biggest superstars in the world, showing their excitement about meeting him:
As for the actual parade, it was your typical Rose Parade, just with more Scully, which is always a good thing.
The Dodgers' official Twitter feed and the Vin Scully fan account provide some photos of the illustrious event:
Welcoming 2014 with open arms: pic.twitter.com/Bvo8nUcG0B— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) January 1, 2014
Of course, pictures don't quite do it justice in this instance. You need to hear the man with the golden voice. You can listen to him reading the "I Love a Parade" poem here, which is sure to provide some goosebumps, or here he is wishing everyone a happy new year:
Yep, 2014 is definitely off to a better start than 2013.