There was a somewhat odd ending to the new owners’ news conference Wednesday.
Vin Scully was the master of ceremonies, and he was truly masterful as always. Magic Johnson was particularly effusive in his praise of Scully, noting how fortunate he was to work with Chick Hearn and now Scully.
But Scully ended the proceedings in a curious manner, allowing for a personal moment.
“I’m fed up,” Scully said. “I’m fed up to here.
“I go back to the so-called changing of the guards. When Branch Rickey handed the franchise to Walter O’Malley. And I was there when Peter O’Malley handed the franchise to Fox. And I was there when Fox handed it to Bob Daly and Fox. And I was there when Fox then handed it to Frank McCourt. And it has now been handed to the Guggenheim Baseball Management group.
“And I am telling each and every one of you right now, this is the last new ownership press conference I will ever attend.”
Is that just being realistic, figuring if this ever does happen again, by then the 84-year-old Scully will have called it a career? A true vote of confidence in this new group? That he really is tired of the ownership carousel? That he was just being facetious?
Or worse, a foreshadowing that he’ll retire after this season?