The legendary Dodgers broadcaster served Wednesday as grand marshal of the Rose Parade and the 100th Rose Bowl game, an honor that began at 4 a.m. and concluded with the pregame coin flip.
"It’s been absolutely thrilling and heartwarming," Scully said after offering a visitor a chance to pull up a chair in a Rose Bowl suite. "One of the great things about it is I was able to share it with my wife with our grandchildren, most of them, and children. So the thought that they were enjoying it as much as I made me feel even better."
"Anyone who’s heard me do a ballgame — I love the roar of the crowd," he said. "So you can imagine, today, going down Colorado, it was a field day just to hear the roar of the crowd.
"And the one thing I tried to do, and I did it until, really, my shoulders were sore, I wasn’t just waving — I was applauding a lot. I kept applauding and gesturing to the people, ‘I’m applauding you. I’m thanking you for all the years,’ and they’ve been so good and kind and generous to me.
"That was the real point out of the whole parade, to applaud the fans."
God’s been so very good to me, and I really have never understood why.
-- Vin Scully
At the stadium, before the coin flip, Scully was intrigued by the size of the players.
"I just said to them, ‘Congratulations and Happy New Year,’" he said.
For an announcer accustomed to describing the action on the field from the press box, the spectacle of being on the field was breathtaking, Scully said.
"Ninety-four thousand people, colorfully attired on a brilliant, brilliant day," he said. "And the bands, and then the teams running on the field and the fireworks.
"And then we were at the end of the field with the grandkids. And don’t you know, Stanford comes down and scores in our area. It’s just been perfect.
"I said to the kids, ‘Well, there you’ve seen it. You’ve seen a touchdown. How much better can it get than that?’"
Scully thanked Jenkins and his wife for making him and his wife, Sandi, feel "like old friends." He also expressed gratitude to Heidi Hoff of the Tournament of Roses and "all these nice people" that made his experience so memorable.
"I will say, in all honesty, God’s been so very good to me, and I really have never understood why he’s been so generous," he said. "And this was just another case of his generosity."