LOS ANGELES -- Vin Scully hasn't traveled much in recent seasons, but would like to make at least three in-state road trips with the Dodgers in his final season of broadcasting for the team, including his final regular season game in the home of the Dodgers' biggest rival.
Scully was one of the star attractions for the just under 25,000 people who came to Dodger Stadium for 2016 Dodgers FanFest on Saturday, one day after the Los Angeles City Council voted to rename Elysian Park Avenue to Vin Scully Avenue.
"To be honest, it overwhelmed me," Scully said on Saturday. "For the first time in a while, I didn't have anything to say."
Scully, who missed the Dodgers final week of the regular season in 2015 and the missed the playoffs, says he feels great since his Oct. 8 medical procedure, and energized for his 67th and final season.
The Dodgers broadcaster has cut back on travel in recent seasons, and in 2015 traveled only to Anaheim and twice to San Francisco. Scully said in 2016 his travel schedule is still "up in the air," but that he would like to make at least one trip to the Dodgers' in-state road opponents.
The Dodgers are in Anaheim to play the Angels on May 18-19, travel to San Diego three times to face the Padres (Apr. 4-6, May 20-22, Sept. 27-29), and play the Giants on San Francisco on Apr. 7-10, June 10-12, and Sept. 30-Oct. 2.
That final weekend in San Francisco is where the Dodgers end their regular season, and a series Scully especially has his eye on.
"The last home game is here, then there is a weekend series in San Francisco. As a little kid who was born and raised in the streets of New York, one that grew up literally and figuratively in the Polo Grounds and was a rabid Giants fan — I can tell you that, it's good for the soul," Scully said, laughing. "I think I would love to finish in a game between the Dodgers and the Giants."
But what about the playoffs, should the Dodgers make it to the postseason for a fourth year in a row? Normally, with national television broadcasts taking over, that would move Scully to radio, where he would call the first three innings and final three innings, with Charley Steiner and Rick Monday limited to innings four through six.
At the moment, Scully doesn't sound too enthused about that proposition.
"Rick and Charley do such a great job all year on radio. I feel like it's unfair that suddenly it's the playoffs and I do six of the nine innings," Scully explained. "I'm hemming and hawing. Maybe, because it will be the last year, I might do the playoffs but I don't think I'd do the World Series."
Hopefully there is plenty of time for the Dodgers to convince Scully otherwise, should they advance that far.
Between now an then, Scully will have his name on a main street leading into Dodger Stadium. He hopes he will one day be joined by the club's former owner.
"I do hope and pray that one day the name O'Malley will be involved. Walter O'Malley took a big gamble," Scully explained. "He came here to play in a track stadium, and that was made fun of throughout baseball. Through his efforts, he built Dodger Stadium.
"That would be, to me, really wonderful."
The naming of Vin Scully Avenue — "I was thinking of making it a toll road," Scully quipped. — might have happened sooner, but Scully declined.
"The Mayor asked me two years ago to have something done, but I didn't think it was time. Now that I'm leaving, it's nice to leave something behind," Scully said. "I love it here so much. You can't leave very much behind. To the people who come here, it will be a hello as well as a goodbye."