New Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy, whose four-year, $48 million contract is reportedly down to final detail stage before becoming official, will likely add to his media collection soon. McCarthy will soon have most of his games called by his favorite announcer, Vin Scully.
McCarthy, one of the most engaging and entertaining follows on Twitter, has let his love of Scully known for years.
Vin Scully is better at announcing baseball than anybody is at doing anything else.— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) April 4, 2012
Today Vin Scully announced a game that I pitched in and that makes this a very nice Tuesday.— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) June 20, 2012
McCarthy would listen to Scully call Dodgers games growing up in Pasadena until he was 10, when his family moved to Colorado in 1994.
Vin Scully is the voice of baseball in my mind, and if he's yours as well, you'll really enjoy this article http://t.co/BEOLIRtNAb— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) June 3, 2014
In 2011 when Joe Posnanski solicited help on Twitter asking which two announcers people would rather have call the World Series than the then Fox duo of Joe Buck and Tim McCarver, McCarthy chose Vin Scully and somebody to bring Scully water.
HR derby needs VIn Scully so bad. Tell us some stories. Introduce us to these players.— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) July 15, 2014
In an interview with Dave Brown at Yahoo Sports in 2013, McCarthy said he'd love to keep an aural record of games he pitched with Scully on the call:
DB: When you pitch against the Dodgers and Vin Scully calls the game, would you wear an earbud to follow along?
BM: No, but those are actually games that I’ll try to get on DVD, or something. Download. Put it on the Cloud. Somewhere that I can watch when I’m done with my career. Because I’ve at least got one and hopefully I can get some more this year. I would love to go back and watch those. I didn’t watch the one from this past year. Just to have Vin Scully say your name and discuss it. There’s very few things that I’ll go back and watch when I’m done playing, or memorabilia I’ll keep. But those would be ones that I’d love to sit down and listen to.
So far in his career, McCarthy's teams are 3-1 in his four games pitched with Scully on the call. McCarthy has a 4.11 ERA with 15 strikeouts against only three walks in 26⅓ innings, and McCarthy has lasted at least six innings in all four starts.