Even at 88 years old and after 67 years calling baseball games, legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully still gets excited for a classic pitching matchup. That was the case for Monday night's game between the Nationals and Dodgers with Stephen Strasburg set to face off with Clayton Kershaw.
Scully even fought through a sore throat to see the showdown, only to be disappointed once Strasburg was scratched an hour before his start with an upper back strain.
That's what he told viewers on Monday night, according to several accounts:
"I owe you an apology, ...I really knew I had a sore throat, but I wanted to see Strasburg and Kershaw, so badly..."— Vin Scully (@VinScullyTweet) June 21, 2016
"I was so excited, going to see 2 of the great pitchers going head to head. And about 45 mins. before the game, Strasburg, let me down."— Vin Scully (@VinScullyTweet) June 21, 2016
"So anyway, I'm sorry... I thought maybe all of a sudden, I'll feel 100%. It's Strasburg & Kershaw, something magical will happen. Dummy."— Vin Scully (@VinScullyTweet) June 21, 2016
Vin Scully. Apologizing to the audience. For broadcasting. With a barely-discernible sore throat. Because he wanted to see Kershaw/Strasburg— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) June 21, 2016
"Somehow I'll croak my way through the game, I wanted to see Kershaw vs Strasburg so badly". #VinScully on his sore throat & why he's on air— NBC Sports Radio (@NBCSportsRadio) June 21, 2016
Vin Scully said he toughed out a sore throat tonight because "I wanted to see Kershaw and Strasburg so badly." Alas "Strasburg let me down."— Alex Putterman (@AlexPutterman) June 21, 2016
I hope we all get to experience the joy Vin Scully just described in anticipation of a baseball game in his 67th year on the job— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) June 21, 2016
Scully still has it as a broadcaster and apparently as a fan, as well.