I bring all this up because of a claim by Mike Piazza in his new book, “Long Shot”, that Scully, in his broadcasts, turned fans against him during the catcher’s 1998 contract stalemate with the Dodgers that preceded his trade to the Florida Marlins in May of that year, a trade that arguably ranks with the trading of Pedro Martinez as the worst in L.A. Dodger history.
Given Scully’s view of his function and job it is difficult to accept Piazza’s interpretation, memory or insinuation that the broadcaster would have conducted a campaign against him.
Scully, in a Thursday story in The Times, denied all of that, said he could not recall the spring interview with Piazza, and “as God is my judge, I don’t get involved in these things. I can’t imagine I would ever put my toe in the water as far as a player and his negotiations. I have no idea where he is coming from…. I’m really flabbergasted.”
It was a tumultuous period. Given the Pizza contract issue and the fact that Fox had only recently bought the club from Peter O’Malley, I was at the ballpark almost every night. I certainly did not hear all of Scully’s broadcast during this period.
However, given his philosophy and approach to ongoing controversies of the Piazza type, and not recalling anyone telling me Piazza was taking a beating on the air, the book interpretation just doesn’t ring true.
Posted: February 14, 2013 at 01:03 PM | 54 comment(s)
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