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Vin Scully: ‘We can certainly fight through this’

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Bill Plascke of the Los Angeles Times called up the legendary Vin Scully who, at 92, is most certainly keeping isolated at home. Scully doesn’t seem to mind it though. He has his wife Sandi. His family can visit — they keep a safe distance and there are no hugs — but it’s better than nothing. The other night he watched his favorite movie, “The Music Man,” and he planned to watch “Singin’ in the Rain” the next night. He jokes that, at his age, in retirement, he wasn’t leaving the house much anyway.

But Scully does more than joke. As someone who grew up during the Great Depression and during the shortages and sacrifices of World War II, he provides some valuable perspective:

I remember my mother would feed me something that would fill me up and didn’t cost very much, I remember having pancakes for dinner and a lot of spaghetti . . . We didn’t have any money anyway . . . meat was hard to come by . . . we bit the bullet.

Scully talked about getting through all of that and said, “if we can do that, we can certainly fight through this . . . 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.”

I’ve been thinking about that sentiment a lot lately. I’ve been keeping a daily diary of the pandemic over at my personal website. A recurring thought that’s been showing up in my entries is one of concern about our country’s ability to sacrifice and act selflessly to protect others.

As I wrote yesterday, some of our leaders are, quite admirably, taking increasingly dire measures to address the pandemic, casting aside political expediency in order to keep people safe. Others, so far, are not rising to the occasion. Because of that there does not seem to be a notion of shared sacrifice in the country, the sort of which prevailed during the Depression and the war.

I fear that, this time around, rather than a “we’re all in this together” attitude, people will just fight over toilet paper and agitate for things to get back to normal as soon as possible because they’ve been inconvenienced for, what, 11 or 12 days now? I’m not one to sugarcoat history or overlook its faults — the so-called “Greatest Generation” had a TON of faults, actually — but they did have it in them to suck it up and deal with adversity in ways I worry that we don’t.

So, as I so often have in the course of my life, I look to Vin Scully for some comfort and assurance when everything seems to be spinning out of control. Maybe people will listen to him and to people like him who have been through worse and who can provide us with some wisdom that we, as a society, seem to have ignored for a few generations. Maybe Vin Scully can, once again, make me feel better, even if he’s not calling a baseball game.

Listen to his conversation with Plaschke below:

Astros’ Verlander to have elbow surgery, miss rest of season

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Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.

“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.

He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.

“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”

Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.

“Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.

“I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”

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