Legendary Los Angeles Dodgers play-by-play commentator Vin Scully will be returning for a 66th season with the team in 2015. He has been calling Dodgers games since their days in Brooklyn.
Vin Scully is returning for a 66th season with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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The Dodgers announced Scully's return next season during the second inning of the team's game against the visiting Atlanta Braves on July 29, per The Los Angeles Times' Steve Dilbeck:
"Best Dodgers news of the year came in the second inning Tuesday night via the stadium video boards.
"Vin Scully will return next season.
"Apparently the game still gives him goose bumps -- or maybe he didn't want to go out in a season when some 70% of the Los Angeles area can't hear him broadcast the TV games -- because the Hall of Fame broadcaster will return for an unprecedented 66th season.
"The Dodgers made the announcement in what you might call a unique way. In the middle of the second on their video boards, they flashed 'breaking news' and showed team broadcaster Alanna Rizzo at the microphone.
"Rizzo said they were turning to a news conferecne that showed Justin Turner, Yasiel Puig and Hyun-Jin Ryu at the table inside the stadium media room. First, Ryu spoke in Korean and then Puig in Spanish, and then supposedly Turner translated into English the news that Scully was coming back.
"Various players were seated in the media room and then charged the table in celebration, as the Dodger crowd erupted in applause. The crowd gave Scully a standing ovation and he stood up in the broadcast booth, hand over heart, seemingly moved by the reaction.
"The Dodgers filmed the announcement prior to Tuesday's batting practice so a lot of people knew about it and kept it quiet.
"Scully, 86, makes annual announcements over whether he will return. His 65 consecutive years of broadcasting the Dodgers is already the longest for anyone with one team.
"'Naturally there will come a time, when I will have to say goodbye, but I've soul-searched and this is not the time,' Scully said in a statement."
Dilbeck weighed in on Scully's return in a separate article:
"Forget it, there's nothing you can do. No amount of flattery, no barrels of cookies, no endless applause can get it done. Give up.
"Vin Scully will never understand what he means to you. He will not appreciate how he seems like part of your family. Like some rich combination of kindly grandfather, favorite neighbor and best friend.
"It's probably from all the years,' Scully said. 'Every time they've turned on the radio since 1958, here I was jabbering away. After all those years, like an old pair of slippers, it would be strange I guess not to hear this voice.'
"Maybe you think it's false modesty, that there is just no way on Earth he could not understand how deeply he seems moven into our lives, that it's much more than baseball or even being the soundtrack to our summer.
"Yet after all these years -- and his announcement Tuesday that he will return in 2015 means next season will make 66 years of Scully behind the microphone -- he truly seems embarrassed by attention.
"He walked into a news conference Wednesday, saw the the standing room media crowd and became almost self-conscious. He began by apologizing for receiving another day of attention.
"'In all honesty, I don't feel I've done anything,' he said. 'Somebody wil say,'You've done 19 no-hitters and three perfect games.' And I think I just happened to be there. It's not something I can take any pride in. I am humbled, believe me, for being given the honor of working the games all these years.
"'I agree with everyone else. It's a long time to be working at one job -- with no advancement. I feel blessed.'
"The true blessing, of course, has been ours. That we've been able to share his insight and stories and intelligence for all these years. His deft wit has enriched countless warm Los Angeles nights."
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