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Vin Scully is going Down Under — he’ll join Dodgers for season opener in Australia

Mike Oz
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Vin Scully is not driving this Rose Parade car to Australia. (Getty Images)

The illustrious voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the great Vin Scully, is going to be a part of Major League Baseball's first trip to Australia. Scully has agreed to broadcast the Dodgers games against the Arizona Diamondbacks on March 22 and 23 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

That's sort of a big deal because Scully is 86 years old and doesn't even travel to Dodgers games outside of the West. Making the 17-hour flight to Australia for two games is a different animal entirely (like a kangaroo). His wife Sandi will accompany him.

These will be the first regular-season games broadcast on the Dodgers' new SportsNet LA network, so that's the main reason the team wants Scully there. Here's more from the L.A. Times' Steve Dilbeck about Scully's schedule:

“They asked me to go because they’re the first games to be broadcast by Time Warner,” Scully said. “So I said, `Sure, I’ll go.’ ”

Scully said he would be in Phoenix Feb. 25 when the Dodgers’ regional sports network makes its debut and then broadcast the first spring games the next two days. He said he would return for one game against the San Francisco Giants on March 9 and return one week later for the final game in Phoenix, March16 against the Colorado Rockies before the team takes off for Sydney. The Dodgers then return home to play an exhibition Freeway Series against the Angels, and Scully will broadcast the games March 27-28 at Dodger Stadium. That’s a lot of work and travel for the 86-year-old broadcaster.

“With ESPN doing the season opener in San Diego followed by an off day, so I’ll get two days off and should be fine,” he said. “I do love it, so I’ll give it a shot.”

This is all good news, because on the off chance that Yasiel Puig starts juggling kaola bears, Vin Scully needs to be the one telling us about it.

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