Sunday, February 2, 2014
Card of Week: 2013 Panini Cooperstown Vin Scully
In my attempt to attain at least one card of each member of the baseball Hall of Fame, I concentrate on the former players only. I am not really interested in owners, executives, announcers and managers. But I made an exception with Vin Scully.
Not because of my fond memories of listening to him do NBC's Game of the Week with Joe Garagolia during my childhood, but mostly because he was the Grand Marshall of the 100th Tournament of Roses Parade this past January.
This is significant to me because this Rose Bowl pitted my alma mater, Michigan State against the Cardinal of Stanford University. One of the duties of being the Grand Marshall is that he/she flips the opening coin toss prior to the game. When I was watching this, it gave me a hunch that MSU would win the game. Scully called many Dodger games that involved former MSU greats Kirk Gibson, Steve Garvey and Ron Perranoski and felt this is all meant to be. When MSU won the coin toss, it reaffirmed my feeling for the outcome.
On the back of the each card in the set, it gives the line score of a game he participated in. For the Scully card, Game 1 of the 1988 World Series is featured. Of course, it quotes Scully's famous call on Gibson's dramatic walk off home run.
MSU did end up winning the game. Now whenever I look at this 2013 card of Vin Scully, I automatically think of MSU's 2013 Big Ten Championship season and 2014 Rose Bowl victory.