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Vin Scully to Join Los Angeles Dodgers in Australia for Opening Day

January 31st, 2014 at 7:53 AM
By Jimmy Reynolds

Vin Scully, the de facto pater familias of the Los Angeles Dodgers, will be joining the team on their trip to Australia for Opening Day against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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Throughout the last few seasons, Scully has limited his travel to road games, including only those played in California and Arizona. Dodgers fans will welcome the news that Scully will be breaking from this in order to call the first official games of the 2014 Major League season.

Speaking to Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times, Scully explained his rationale for traveling to Australia in the typical understated and humble manner he possesses:

"They asked me to go because they're the first games to be broadcast by Time Warner," Scully said. "So I said, 'Sure, I'll go.'"

To listen to Scully broadcast the games, however, Dodgers fans will have to endure the late night start due to the time difference. The games are slated to begin at 1 am PST. Scully, however, agreed to go in part because of the rest he will be able to get in between his broadcast responsibilities, saying:

"With ESPN doing the season opener in San Diego followed by an off day, so I'll get two days off and should be fine," he said. "I do love it, so I'll give it a shot."

There really is no better way to kick off the new season than by hearing Scully utter his iconic phrase, "It's time for Dodgers baseball."

 

Tags: Australia, Baseball, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB, Opening Day, Vin Scully

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