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Vin Scully to be grand marshal of 2014 Rose Parade
The more he thought about it, though, the more he warmed up to the idea, calling it “one of those one-in-a-million experiences.”
Scully will be joined by his wife, Sandi, for the 5 1/2-mile ride down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena on Jan. 1. He was introduced as grand marshal on Thursday at Tournament House.
He told The Associated Press in an interview before the announcement that his first reaction to being chosen was, “Wow.”
Then came some doubt.
The prospect of being the center of attention for several hundred thousand parade revelers and a worldwide television audience had Scully thinking carefully. His wife provided some gentle persuasion.
“He is such a humble person that I feared he would not want to be out there and get the accolades. He spends the summer applauding our sports heroes. He is our hero and we get to applaud him and his life’s work,” Jenkins said.
Scully questioned why he would be chosen as grand marshal, an honor that has previously gone to such luminaries as Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse. Dodgers star Jackie Robinson was posthumously chosen in 1999, and home run king Hank Aaron served in 1975.
“I don’t take it as any personal, great accomplishment,” he said. “I only take it for what it is, the fact that I’ve been doing this for so long here and the Dodgers are doing well. It’s not me.”
“With Vin Scully you do know what you’re going to get,” he said. “That’s why I think he’s held in such high esteem.”
“I have very fond memories and I’m sure I’m not the only one,” he said.
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