Scully makes return to Dodgers booth

Scully makes return to Dodgers booth

Scully makes return to Dodgers booth
LOS ANGELES -- The grass was still green and the seats still yellow and blue, but without Vin Scully in his familiar seat behind the mic, for many Dodgers fans Chavez Ravine felt a bit empty in 2012 -- until Sunday.

Scully, the Hall of Famer who missed the first five games of the season with a nasty cold that doctors told him was "a click away from pneumonia," strolled into the Dodger Stadium press box Sunday saying he felt much better, but a little tired from the illness.

Missing his first Dodgers home opener in 35 years was "almost heartbreaking," and "an emotional uppercut," Scully said while talking with media before the game.

He reiterated how humbled he was by the outpouring of support he received.

"I was so angry at myself for missing Opening Day. I wanted to be here so badly, especially to see the '62 club, and I was so furious," Scully said. "Then I thought, well I didn't do anything to make myself sick, so I can be angry at the fates. Then, of course, I was full of disappointment. "

Scully, now in his 63rd year with the club, started feeling sick in San Diego a week ago, and he said he didn't get much sleep before he called last Sunday's game. That's when he knew he wouldn't be available for Tuesday's home opener, a Dodgers victory over Pittsburgh.

He said the most emotional moment for him was hearing the Dodger Stadium tribute to Scully, before the game, while he lay in bed with his face buried in a pillow.

"I thought, 'My gosh, they're opening up a season, and here they are saluting an announcer,'" Scully said. "I was overwhelmed. I had all kinds of emotions, many of which were humility thinking, 'I'm just another guy. I'm the most ordinary guy you've ever met, and here's this big deal.'"

Scully said he waited until Sunday to return for fear of relapse or catching something else with his immune system weakened.

"I kept thinking, 'OK, give me a nice sunny day in Dodger Stadium,'" Scully said. "I thought Sunday would be the day. In my own private little world, this is my Opening Day. I have [starting pitcher Clayton] Kershaw. Ain't no bad crowd to hang around with."

Then, Scully flashed his trademark brand of modesty, turning his attention toward the on-field product and wondering if the 2012 Dodgers could keep pace with the 1955 squad.

"Enough about me," he said with a laugh.