Listen to Vin Scully tell a story over the radio or television and it’s as if he is talking directly to you.
More likely, the person he was actually speaking to was Brian Hagan, a 56-year-old statistician who sits in the second row of the television broadcast booth.
When Scully shares an anecdote, he often does it with his chair turned toward the back of the room, his eyes locked with Hagan’s, taking an occasional glance over his shoulder to track the action on the field.
“He has to have an audience,” Hagan said, “and I’m the one who’s least busy.”
Hagan laughed. “Magical,” he...