Vin Scully took a few moments during last night’s Brewers-Dodgers game to tell everyone how he feels about socialism. He raised the matter when Venezuela native Hernan Perez came to the plate and talked about how things are going in Venezuela these days:
“Socialism failing to work as it always does. This time in Venezuela. You talk about giving everybody something free and all of a sudden there’s no food to eat. And who do you think is the richest person in Venezuela? The daughter of Hugo Chávez. Hello. Anyway, 0 and 2.”
You can listen to the audio of Scully’s political comments here. In the meantime know that, like socialism has with Scully, Perez struck out against Luis Coleman.
I wasn’t watching this game but a bunch of people notified me of Scully’s comments. When they did, they clearly thought that I, a pretty devoted lefty, would feel bad or owned or something that a broadcaster I love hates socialism. As if I was under the impression that an 88 year-old devoutly religious man who came of age in early postwar America and became a visible part of California’s establishment in the 1950s — the California establishment which gave us Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, with whom Scully was friendly, and which delivered California to Republican presidential candidates in every election between 1952 and 1992 save one — was somehow a big flaming commie. Or that I hoped it or something. Um, sure.
But even if I was somehow surprised or upset that Scully will never be my comrade, these people are missing the larger point. The point being that Scully and I march in lockstep together on a matter of even greater importance: Not Sticking to Baseball.
You do you, Vin. As you always have. And let no one tell you to stick to baseball, ever.