Even the Original No. 14 Would Be Proud of Scioscia
About the only bad thing one could say about Mike Scioscia during his Dodger years is that he wore a number (14) that should have been retired (“Nice Guys Finish First,” by Diane Pucin, April 6). However, maybe even Gil Hodges would have given his permission for someone as great as Scioscia to wear it. The Dodgers, er, the failures from Fox, missed a great bet when they let him go.
For four or five years while Scioscia was a bench coach and minor league manager with the Dodgers, he put on a one-week baseball camp for kids in the summer. This was not one of those camps where a player lends his name and shows up once for pictures; this was Scioscia Camp. Scioscia was there on the field all day, every day, teaching, encouraging and leading by example. Like everything else in his life, this was a family affair: His wife Anne served lunch, daughter Taylor handed out the Otter Pops and son Matt was on the field.
Dodger fans everywhere are happy to see the one “who got away” succeed. We never doubted him for a second! Hats off to you, Mike! Your simple, decent ways are an inspiration. We miss you in Dodger blue!