Mike Piazza’s new book has garnered praise and criticism from many in the baseball world, but one legendary broadcaster is denying allegations the catching great makes in his tell-all.
here is a simple statement for analysis. Did Vin Scully talk down Mike Piazza as claimed in Piazza's book?
Let's let Vin Scully's own words guide us. Does he say "I didn't do it", or does he avoid the reliable denial?
we need to hear Scully use the pronoun "I" with past tense verbs and address the issue at hand.
Vin Scully, longtime Dodgers broadcaster, denies Piazza’s claims that he caught the former catcher off guard with a series of questions geared toward his contract negotiations with the team during an interview in 1998.
In the pages of “Long Shot” Piazza says that Scully “crushed” him in the media when the Dodgers star got off to a slow start in the 1998 season and inevitably turned fans against him before he was eventually traded to the Marlins and then to the Mets later in the year.
"He wasn't happy about it," Piazza wrote. "And Scully's voice carried a great deal of authority in Los Angeles."
"The way the whole contract drama looked to them -- many of whom were taking their cue from Scully -- was that, by setting a deadline and insisting on so much money, I was demonstrating a conspicuous lack of loyalty to the ball club. I understood that," Piazza continued.
"That's not true at all," Scully said. “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 really have no idea. I can't imagine saying something about a player and his contract. I just don't do that, ever. I'm really flabbergasted by that reference."
If the subject is unwilling or unable to bring himself to say he did not do it, we are not permitted to say it for him.