“I always liked him,” Scully said. “I admired him. I think either he made a mistake or got some bad advice. I still think of him as a great player and I hope he gets into the Hall of Fame. I really do. Whatever disappointment I feel, I’ll put aside.”
Scully declined to comment further on Piazza or his book.
Piazza complimented Scully as he tried to defend what he wrote.
“Vin is a class act; he’s an icon,” Piazza said. “To this day, I have the utmost respect for him. But the problem is, you have to go back in time and understand that at that point in time in my career with the Dodgers was a very tumultuous time. I was more or less telling my version of the story, at least what I was experiencing. And I said at the end of the book, it’s not coming from a place of malice or anger. I think anybody who remembers that time knows it was a very tumultuous time.”
Piazza said his intent wasn’t to blame Scully.
“I don’t think anybody who read the passage from start to finish felt that way,” Piazza said. “Anybody who reads it knows it wasn’t me blaming. That was definitely not the only factor. There were other factors. The team made the mistake, I made the mistake, of speaking publicly.”
Piazza acknowledged that he never heard Scully’s broadcasts and that his impressions of them were based on what he heard from others.
“My perception was that he was given the Dodgers’ versions of the negotiations, which, I feel, wasn’t 100% accurate,” Piazza said.
Posted: February 26, 2013 at 06:37 AM | 14 comment(s)
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