Retired at the age of 92, Vin Scully is adjusting to this new reality like everyone else.
“Once in a while one of our children can come over and visit … we have a pretty large master bedroom, so they can sit quite a few feet away just to say hello,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “But there’s no hugging and kissing and nothing like that … we’re trying very hard to follow the rules … the kids are scared that they will bring in something that will just blow me away … it’s a very difficult time to go without hugs, you know?”
The former voice of the Dodgers grew up during the Great Depression, so he knows hardship. He remembered eating pancakes for dinner and struggling to survive.
“From depths of depression we fought our way through World War II, and if we can do that, we can certainly fight through this,” he said. “I remember how happy and relieved and thrilled everybody was … when they signed the treaty with Japan, and the country just danced from one way or another. It’s the life of the world, the ups and downs, this is a down, we’re going to have to realistically accept it at what it is and we’ll get out of it, that’s all there is to it, we will definitely get out of it.”
Compared to others, Scully said his life hasn’t changed too much. Before coronavirus he didn’t go out much anyway. Obviously, now he isn’t going out at all. But he, most importantly, has his health.
“That’s remarkable right now, I guess because I’m pretty much excommunicado with anybody except on the phones,” he said.