Vin Scully Turns Down Mayor Eric Garcetti's Pitch to Name Street After Him

Scully: "The mayor of Los Angeles has a great deal more important things to do"

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    Vin Scully the play-by-play voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers sings 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game'

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's pitch to name a street after legendary Dodgers announcer Vin Scully was a hit with fans on social media.

    The problem is, the beloved Hall of Fame broadcaster is saying no way to "Vin Scully Way."

    "The mayor of Los Angeles has a great deal more important things to do than name a street after me," Scully said in a statement released by the Dodgers on Sunday. "And if he is considering that idea, better the street should be named after Walter or Peter O'Malley than myself."

    The late Walter O’Malley was the Dodgers' visionary owner who moved the team from Brooklyn to LA for the 1958 season. He eventually handed over the reins to his son, Peter.

    Garcetti had no choice but to respect Scully's reluctance before taking up the idea with the City Council.

    "Thanks to everyone who asked me to rename a street for Vin Scully. I remain open, but not if Vin doesn't want it.  #Vinistheboss," the mayor tweeted Monday morning.

    Garcetti's tweet effectively put an end to the short-lived campaign to pile on another honor for the 85-year-old baseball icon, who was recently named the grand marshal for the 2014 Rose Parade in Pasadena on Jan. 1.

    Scully was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and, in 2001, the Dodger Stadium press box was named in his honor.

    Scully has been calling games for the Dodgers since their days in Brooklyn. He recently announced he would return to the broadcast booth in 2014 for his 65th season with the team.

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