As he did during his 67 years in the broadcast booth, Scully focused on the good during his chat with Plaschke rather than all the terrible things going on in the world. He grew up during the Great Depression and lived through World War II, and he believes we will get through the COVID-19 pandemic:For my money, there was no better way to unwind after a long day than listening to Scully call a late night West Coast games. His broadcasts were always calm and comforting. What we’re going through right now is unprecedented, but people like Scully have been through the unprecedented before, and it’s comforting to hear him say we can get through these awful times.
Scully also said he thinks “people are especially jumping at the opportunity to help each other, I believe that’s true, so that’s kind of heartwarming.” That can be hard to see when people are hoarding and fighting over toilet paper, but there are always going to be a few bad apples, and most folks are doing what they can help. Just staying home is a way of helping others. “Among other things I remember my mother would feed me something that would fill me up and didn’t cost very much, I remember having pancakes for dinner and a lot of spaghetti,” he says. “We didn’t have any money anyway … meat was hard to come by … we bit the bullet.”